Notorious Mexican drug cartel boss 'El Chapo' found guilty in U.S. trial

In this courtroom drawing Joaquin

In this courtroom drawing Joaquin"El Chapo Guzman second from left seated with his defense attorneys listens to testimony that was read back to the jury Monday Feb. 11 2019 in New York. On its fifth day of deliberations the jury asked to review

Jeffrey Lichtman, a lawyer for Guzman, told reporters after the verdict that the defence faced an uphill fight, given the amount of evidence the government presented, and the widespread perception that Guzman was already guilty.

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 USA court on Tuesday of drug trafficking.

Guzman's wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, leaves Brooklyn federal court on January 17 after attending the trial. He faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

Even when Guzman was recaptured in 2016 before his extradition to the United States, he was plotting another escape, prosecutor Andrea Goldbarg said in closing arguments.

As the judge read the verdict, Guzman stared at the jury without expression. Once the jury left the room, he and his wife Emma Coronel, put their hands to their hearts and gave each other the thumbs up sign.

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

Notorious drug lord El Chapo is set to die in jail after being convicted of running the world's largest drug smuggling operation.

One of the trial's most memorable pieces of evidence came from El Chapo's mistress Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez Lopez, who testified she was in bed in a safe house with an on-the-run Guzman in 2014 when Mexican marines started breaking down his door.

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The notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been convicted of drug-trafficking charges at a trial in NY.

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.

Unlike other people in a similar position, Guzman would not plead guilty and went for a public trial after being extradited to the US.

Estimates of how much money Guzman made from drugs vary.

The worldwide notoriety of Guzman was boosted by two escapes from Mexican custody, one in 2001 and another one in 2015 - through a 1.5km underground tunnel large enough to ride a motorcycle.

Through them, jurors heard how the Sinaloa Cartel gained power amid the shifting allegiances of the Mexican drug trade in the 1990s, eventually coming to control nearly the entire Pacific coast of Mexico. It later dropped him from the list, saying it was too hard to quantify his assets. Colombian trafficker Alex Cifuentes caused a stir by testifying that former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto took a $100 million bribe from Guzman.

This came after his second, short-lived escape from prison. Cogan says it made him "very proud to be an American".

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