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"A victory for U.S. and Mexican people," says El Chapo prosecutor

By Jay Jackson, The Las Vegas News
13 Feb 2019, 08:51 GMT+10

NEW YORK, New York - A U.S. jury on Tuesday returned a verdict of 'Guilty' to convict notorious Mexican druglord Joaquin El Chapo Guzman on ten charges of drug trafficking and criminal enterprise.

The trial, which lasted thirteen weeks, involved over fifty witnesses who gave graphic inside accounts of the goings-on within the Sinaloa Cartel which included countless murders, kidnapping, trafficking of tons of drugs, and laundering of billions of dollars. All but one of the witness were called by the prosecution. Fourteen of them were ex-associates of Gruzman.

Guzman had pleaded not guilty but was convicted on all counts. The jury however took 6 days to deliver their verdict. Eight women served on the jury, and 4 men.

Emma Coronel, Guzman's wife, burst into tears as he was taken form the courtroom to what is likely to be a lifetime behind bars.

His sentencing will take plane on 25 June.

It is a sentence from which there is no escape and no return, Richard Donoghue, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York said Tuesday.

His conviction is a victory for the American people who have suffered so long and so much while Guzman made billions pouring poison over our Southern border."

This conviction is a victory for the Mexican people who have lost more than 100,000 lives in drug-related violence, Donoghue said.

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