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Jury Reaches Verdict in El Chapo Trial

Jury Reaches Verdict in El Chapo Trial

Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was found guilty on all 10 counts Tuesday after a high-profile trial that lasted almost three months.

During the 11-week trial jurors were shown shocking photos of crime scenes, drugs, military-grade weapons, and tunnels used by the drug lord during his decades-long career.

The jury of 12 people announced their decision at a federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York on the sixth day of deliberations, affirming Guzman was the leader of the Sinaloa cartel and conspired to commit murder.

Over the course of two and a half months, a jury of eight women and four men in Brooklyn federal court heard testimony about unspeakable torture and ghastly murders, epic corruption at almost every level of Mexico's government, narco-mistresses and naked subterranean escapes, gold-plated AK-47s and monogrammed, diamond-encrusted pistols.

The defense called just one witness, an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent put on the stand in an attempt to undermine the credibility of one of Guzman's cocaine suppliers who had testified against him.

After he was convicted, the drug lord waved at his wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, a former beauty queen, CNN reported.

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After three months of testimony, jurors have reached a guilty verdict on all 10 counts.

Guzman's lawyers did not deny the defendant's charges but argued that he was the victim of government witnesses who were worse than he was. "We were faced with extraordinary and unprecedented obstacles in defending Joaquin, including his detention in solitary confinement", the statement said, Reuters reported.

The cartel boss, who infamously escaped from jail twice, ran a global drug empire and had amassed a fortune of billions of dollars.

The prosecution's case against Guzman, a roughly 5½-foot figure whose nickname translates to "Shorty", included the testimony of former associates and other witnesses.

A defense attorney for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman says the notorious drug lord's conviction will be appealed. However, he was caught in 2016 before he was extradited to the United States in 2017.