Mexican Drug Lord El Chapo Found Guilty by NY Jury

In this courtroom drawing Joaquin

After Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was found guilty of all 10 federal criminal counts against him on Tuesday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz urged fellow senators to pass a bill that would make him pay for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall.

So with Guzman convicted Tuesday of drug trafficking and staring at an expected life sentence, where will the US imprison a larger-than-life kingpin with a Houdini-like tendency to slip away?

As the judge read the verdict, Guzman stared at the jury, and his wife watched the scene, both with resignation in their faces.

Guzman will be sentenced in June.

A NY jury reached a guilty verdict today in the El Chapo trial. Among them were Guzman's former Sinaloa lieutenants, a computer encryption expert and a Colombian cocaine supplier who underwent extreme plastic surgery to disguise his appearance.

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"In sum, the jury found that Guzman led the Sinaloa Cartel, one of the largest and most unsafe drug cartels in the world, and that he is responsible for violence, including murders, and the smuggling of massive amounts of narcotics into the United States over a period of decades".

"There had to be collusion from within", said Mike Vigil, a former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent who worked undercover in Mexico. "It's taking drug money and building the wall to prevent more drugs from coming over the border".

- Ordering subordinates to carry out killings.

He noted, however, that El Chapo doesn't have $14 billion "sitting in his checking account", and it may be hard to track down his assets.

His trial began in early November with a weeklong jury selection that proved to be problematic.

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Jurors, whose identities were kept secret over concern for their safety, were partially sequestered through the trial.

Heavily armed federal officers and bomb-sniffing dogs patrolled outside the federal courthouse in Brooklyn. He took off running. They sought to discredit witnesses, including cartel members who worked for Guzman, based on their own criminal records.

His first escape - rumoured to be via a laundry hamper - was in 2001, and he spent more than a decade being recaptured and escaping again several times. Prior to that, he was known for a series of audacious escapes from Mexican prisons. Marines caught up with him in January 2016 in the coastal city of Los Mochis.

"For someone like Guzman, the chances of escape from a facility like that are nil", said L. Thomas Kucharski, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in NY.

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