Drug Lord El Chapo Found Guilty | Faces Life imprisonment


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The Mexican crime lord referred to as El Chapo was condemned for life imprisonment on Tuesday after a three-month drug trial in New York that exposed the inner workings of his sprawling cartel, which over decades shipped tons of drugs into the United States and tormented Mexico with relentless bloodshed and corruption.

The guilty conviction against the kingpin, whose real name is Joaquín Guzmán Loera, terminatedthe career of a legendary bandit who also served as a dark folk hero in Mexico,notorious for his innovative smuggling tactics, his violence against competitors, his storied prison breaks and his nearly relentless ability to evade the Mexican authorities.

Judge Brian M. Cogan read the jury’s charge sheet in open court — 10 straight guilty verdicts on all 10 counts of the indictment.

The jury’s decision came more than a week after the panel started deliberations at the trial in Federal District Court in Brooklyn where prosecutors exhibited a pile of evidence against the cartel chief, including testimony from 56 witnesses, 14 of whom once worked with Mr. Guzmán.

Mr. Guzmán now faces life imprisonment at his sentencing hearing, scheduled for June 25.

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