Joaquín Guzmán, the feared Mexican drug lord known worldwide as "El Chapo", has been found guilty of 10 charges in his NY trial.
One of the world's most notorious drug lords, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, is on trial in NY and a star witness just revealed a lot about Chapo's Canadian operation.
The evidence included testimony from over 56 witnesses, including 14 from his crew in hopes of reducing their own prison sentences.
Guzman, who has been held in solitary confinement for the last two years, pleaded not guilty to the slew of charges, thus beginning his long-waited criminal trial in November. The notorious cartel boss, born Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, has been on trial in NY, which featured testimony from multiple witnesses. He was free at that point after a dramatic escape in which he tunneled out of a Mexican prison.
NY jurors, whose identities were kept secret, deliberated for six days, sorting through piles of evidence gathered since the 1980s that Guzman's drug cartel smuggled tons of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana into the US. Defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman said these witnesses had "lied every day of their lives - their miserable, selfish lives".
Deliberations were complicated by the trial's vast scope.
The trial cast a harsh glare on the corruption that allowed the cartel to flourish.
He consolidated power by paying huge bribes to political heavyweights, including former Mexican presidents.
His girlfriend Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez Lopez told the court how he once fled from Mexican marines in 2014 through a trap door beneath a bath in a safe house.
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. He took off running. He then got an escort from crooked police officers into Mexico City before retreating to one of his many mountainside hideaways.
Guzman broke out of Mexican prisons twice - once using a mile-long secret tunnel - before he was recaptured and extradited to the USA in 2017.
"Why? Because he is guilty and he never wanted to be in a position where he would have to answer for his crimes", she told the jury. "In front of you".