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Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' found guilty

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Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera, the Mexican drug kingpin who minted millions as the of the infamous for several years, was found guilty on all 10 criminal counts against him by a US federal court on Tuesday (local time).

During the trial that went on for 11 weeks, Guzman was convicted on numerous counts including money laundering, engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, distribution of heroin and cocaine and other drugs, and illegal arms possession.

Although, the 61-year-old Mexican drug lord has not been sentenced, he faces a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment. He is slated to be formally sentenced on June 25, CNN reported.

As US read out the verdict and confirmed the same with 12 people -- eight women and four men on the jury, Guzman remained normal and there was no visible emotional reaction from the Mexican drug lord.

His wife, Emma Coronel, a 29-year-old former beauty was also present at the court.

US for Eastern District of said that "the case was a victory for the people of and Mexico, who had lost their loved ones in drug wars."

(meaning shorty), who was once listed on Forbes' list with an estimated worth of USD 1 billion, is accused of helping to export hundreds of tonnes of cocaine into the US and of conspiring to manufacture and distribute heroin, marijuana and other drugs.

Under Guzman, the smuggled hundreds of tonnes of narcotics to wholesale distributors in Arizona, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and

He was believed to have used hitmen to carry out murders, kidnappings and assaults on international political leaders and rivals.

Guzman first escaped from a Mexican jail in 2001 in a laundry cart and repeated the same again in 2015, this time through a tunnel. After a year on the run, the Mexican drug kingpin was recaptured.

He was extradited to the US in 2017 to face American federal charges.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 02:59 IST
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