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Mexico's 'El Chapo' found guilty in US drug trial

NEW YORK: The world's most notorious cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who rose from poverty in rural Mexico to run a world drug empire and amass billions of bucks, was discovered to blame in a US court on Tuesday of working a prison undertaking.

Jurors in federal court in Brooklyn started turning in their verdict following an 11-week trial. Guzman, 61, now faces a imaginable sentence of life in prison.

Guzman, some of the primary figures in Mexican drug wars that experience roiled the country since 2006, was extradited to the United States for trial in 2017 after he was arrested in Mexico the year before.

Though different high-ranking cartel figures have been extradited previously, Guzman was the primary to go to trial as an alternative of pleading to blame.

The trial, which featured testimony from greater than 50 witnesses, offered the public an unparalleled take a look at the internal workings of the Sinaloa Cartel, named for the state in northwestern Mexico the place Guzman was born in a poor mountain village.

The legend of Guzman was burnished by means of two dramatic escapes he created from Mexican prisons and by means of a "Robin Hood" image he cultivated amongst Sinaloa's poor.

US prosecutors stated he trafficked lots of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine into the United States over greater than two decades, consolidating his energy in Mexico through murders and wars with rival cartels.

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