Cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman found guilty in a U.S. court of drug trafficking

Feb 13 2019 02:17 PM
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NEW YORK: On Tuesday The world`s most infamous cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who rose from poverty in rural Mexico to run a global drug empire and amass billions of dollars, was found guilty in a U.S. court of drug trafficking.The legend of Guzman was burnished by two dramatic escapes he made from Mexican prisons and by a "Robin Hood" image he cultivated among Sinaloa`s poor. U.S. prosecutors said he trafficked tons of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine into the United States over more than two decades, consolidating his power in Mexico through murders and wars with rival cartels.

However, it is to be noted that Jurors in federal court in Brooklyn found Guzman, 61, guilty on all 10 counts. He now faces a possible sentence of life in prison.Guzman, one of the major figures in Mexican drug wars that have roiled the country since 2006, was extradited to the United States for trial in 2017 after he was arrested in Mexico the year before.

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Though other high-ranking cartel figures had been extradited previously, Guzman was the first to go to trial instead of pleading guilty.  The trial, which featured testimony from more than 50 witnesses, offered the public an unprecedented look at the inner workings of the Sinaloa Cartel, named for the state in northwestern Mexico where Guzman was born in a poor mountain village.

Small in stature, Guzman`s nickname means "Shorty." His smuggling exploits, the violence he used and the sheer size of his illicit business made Guzman the world`s most notorious drug baron since Colombia`s Pablo Escobar, who was shot dead by police in 1993.Guzman`s lawyers say he was set up as a “fall guy” by Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, a powerful drug lord from Sinaloa who remains at large.

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