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Drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman convicted of trafficking, conspiracy

14 February 2019

Guzman, whose nickname means "shorty" in Spanish, was extradited to the United States to face trial after being recaptured in early 2016.

The lawyer further expounded on that idea during his CBS interview, arguing that it was hard to get around the 'myth of El Chapo'.

The accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is seen in this courtroom sketch on the day he was found guilty of smuggling tons of drugs to the United States over a violent, colorful decades-long career, in Brooklyn federal court in NY, U.S., February 12, 2019.

Cruz tweeted the proposal after Guzman was found guilty on all 10 counts in his criminal conspiracy and drug trafficking trial, saying that the $14 billion dollars in drug profits USA prosecutors are seeking from the infamous drug lord "should go towards funding our wall to secure the border".

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Richard Donoghue, the US Attorney for the Eastern District of NY, said he expected Guzman to receive life without parole when sentenced on June 25.

The kingpin will be sentenced on a 10-count indictment (guilty on all 10 counts), for various charges, including running a continuing criminal enterprise, firearms possession, murder conspiracy, and the importation and distribution of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana.

"It is a sentence from which there is no escape and no return", Donoghue told a news conference outside the courthouse, through snow and sleet.

Shipping cocaine from Colombia through Mexico to the USA, he became a billionaire and public enemy number one for law enforcement agencies in the US.

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The "Alcatraz of the Rockies" is the prison where the U.S. Bureau of Prisons (BOP) keeps inmates too risky to house anywhere else, Atavist magazine reported.

The tension at times was cut by some of the trial's sideshows, such as the sight of Guzman and his wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, showing up in matching burgundy velvet blazers in a gesture of solidarity.

Guzman's lawyers sought to prove their client did not, in fact, run the Sinaloa Cartel, but took orders from someone else.

Asked what he was wearing, she said: 'He was naked.

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Bribery is widely believed to have enabled that jailbreak, as well as a 2001 escape in which Guzman was smuggled out of another top-security Mexican prison in a laundry basket.

Drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman convicted of trafficking, conspiracy