• Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman found guilty on all counts

    By: Theresa Seiger, Cox Media Group National Content Desk


    Just over a week after it was given the case, a federal jury in New York has reached a verdict in the case against Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

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    Update 12:35 p.m. EST Feb. 12: Jurors found Guzman guilty on at least one count, The New York Times reported.

    Update 12:15 p.m. EST Feb. 12: The verdict came eight days after jurors were ordered to begin deliberations, according to multiple reports.

    The New York Times reported around 12 p.m. Tuesday that jurors reached a verdict, although their decision was not immediately announced.

    Original report: A federal jury in New York will deliberate the case against Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman for a second day Tuesday after ending its first day of deliberations without reaching a verdict.

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    Jurors in the Eastern District of New York heard testimony over the course of 11 weeks that described a multinational, drug-smuggling enterprise that allegedly netted Guzman billions of dollars, according to multiple reports. Prosecutors say he is responsible for smuggling at least 200 tons of cocaine into the United States and for a wave of killings in turf wars with other cartels.

    “He used trains, and he dug tunnels, and he used ships and planes,” NPR reported. “There were submarines full of cocaine and cash going back and forth between Mexico and South America and the United States.”

    Guzman, 61, is facing 10 charges, including engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to launder narcotics proceeds and international distribution of drugs. If convicted, he could face life in prison.

    Guzman has pleaded not guilty. His attorney argued that his role in the infamous Sinaloa cartel has been exaggerated and that Guzman was not the true leader of the criminal enterprise. He claimed it was instead headed by Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, an associate of Guzman’s who is now in his 70s, according to CNN.

    “We don’t have to prove that the defendant was the ultimate leader,” federal prosecutor Amanda Liskamm said in court, according to CNN. “We don’t even have to prove that he was one of the top leaders. … Even under (the theory of Zambada as true kingpin) the defendant is still a boss. He’s guilty.”

    Bruce Bagley, a University of Mimi expert on Mexico’s cartels, told CNN that Guzman’s capture and even his possible conviction are unlikely to make any impact on the power of the Sinaloa cartel.

    “The bottom line is there are a lot of other people waiting in the wings,” Bagley told the news network. “The jockeying has already begun.”

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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