Jury reaches verdict in El Chapo trial

In this courtroom drawing Joaquin

In this courtroom drawing Joaquin"El Chapo Guzman second from left seated with his defense attorneys listens to testimony that was read back to the jury Monday Feb. 11 2019 in New York. On its fifth day of deliberations the jury asked to review

Jurors have reached a verdict in the case of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán, the Mexican druglord accused of carrying out a sprawling criminal enterprise as chief of the Sinaloa cartel.

Murderous Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman appeared scared and teary after arriving in NY under ultra-heavy federal guard in January 2017 to face charges, according to video released by the feds Tuesday.

The trial testimony lasted almost three months and the jurors have were tasked with deciding on 10 separate counts.

He could face life behind bars in a maximum security US prison.

Even when Guzman was recaptured in 2016 before his extradition to the United States, he was plotting another escape, prosecutor Andrea Goldbarg said in closing arguments.

As the judge read the verdict, Guzman stared at the jury straight-faced. Once the jury left the room, he and his wife put their hands to their hearts and gave each other the thumbs up sign.

In the trial, which has lasted several months, prosecutors used more than 50 witnesses to detail Guzman's involvement in making billions of dollars distributing drugs in the U.S.

The most detailed evidence against Guzman came from more than a dozen former associates who struck deals to cooperate with USA prosecutors.

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.

Guzman's lawyers say he was set up as a "fall guy" by Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, a powerful drug lord from Sinaloa who remains at large.

Guzman spoke in the courtroom only once during the trial, saying he would not testify in his own defense, NBC News reported. It later dropped him from the list, saying it was too hard to quantify his assets. He was free at that point after a dramatic escape in which he tunneled out of a Mexican prison. Colombian trafficker Alex Cifuentes caused a stir by testifying that former Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto took a $100-million bribe from Guzman. Another day, a Chapo-size actor who played the kingpin in the TV series "Narcos: Mexico" came to watch, telling reporters that seeing the defendant flash him a smile was "surreal".

Through them, jurors heard how the Sinaloa Cartel gained power amid the shifting allegiances of the Mexican drug trade in the 1990s, eventually coming to control nearly the entire Pacific coast of Mexico.

This came after his second, short-lived escape from prison.

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