Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was found guilty on all of his 10 counts in a NY courthouse Tuesday, ending a three-month trial.
Emma Coronel Aispuro, center, leaves Brooklyn federal court in NY, after attending the trial of her husband Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, on January 17, 2019. He now faces life in prison.
Guzman, 61, a kingpin in the Sinaloa cartel who was extradited to the United States in 2017, was found guilty by a court in NY of leading a "continuing criminal enterprise".
The 11-week trial featured testimonies from more than 50 witnesses and offered one of the most detailed insights into the Sinaloa Cartel - named after the state in Mexico where El Chapo was born - ever.
Guzman, 61, previously broke out of two Mexican prisons before he was captured and was extradited to the United States.
He was accused of smuggling at least 200 tons of cocaine into the US, and being behind a wave of turf war killings.
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In closing arguments, defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman urged the jury not to believe government witnesses who "lie, steal, cheat, deal drugs and kill people".
Mr Peña Nieto denied it, but the allegation fit a theme: politicians, army commanders, police and prosecutors, all on the take. "Amigo!" he said to a cartel distributor in Chicago. She said Guzman led her to a trap door beneath a bathtub that opened up to a tunnel that allowed them to escape.
Former beauty queen Emma Coronel Aispuro onboarded the muscle last week, sources close to the Guzman family said, as publicity surrounding her husband's trial caused her to fear for her safety.
The global 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.
In 2015, he pulled off another jail break, escaping a maximum-security prison through a 10-metre deep tunnel. "He wanted to avoid sitting right there".