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New York jury convicts Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/12/19, 01:20 pm

Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was convicted Tuesday in U.S. District Court of running an industrial-scale smuggling operation. The conviction comes after a three-month trial packed with Hollywood-style tales of murder, corruption, and greed. The drug-trafficking and conspiracy convictions could put the 61-year-old Guzmán behind bars for decades in a maximum-security U.S. prison selected to thwart another one of the breakouts that embarrassed his native country. Guzman escaped twice from prison in Mexico. He was recaptured in 2016 and extradited to the United States.

New York jurors, whose identities were kept secret, reached a verdict after deliberating six days in the expansive case. They sorted through a mountain of evidence gathered since the late 1980s that Guzman and his murderous Sinaloa drug cartel made billions in profits by smuggling tons of cocaine, heroin, meth, and marijuana into the United States. The prosecution spent 10 weeks laying out the case against Guzmán, a roughly 5½-foot figure whose nickname translates to “Shorty.” The defense case lasted just half an hour. Guzmán’s lawyers did not deny his crimes as much as argue he was a fall guy for government witnesses who were more evil than he was.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  •  austinbeartux's picture
    Posted: Tue, 02/12/2019 03:55 pm

    A good and just verdict.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 02/12/2019 11:23 pm

    It was never so much Guzman “escaping,” as it was Guzman paying his jailers and numerous others to facilitate him getting away.  After all, he had untold millions to tempt those whose cooperation he needed. 

    Now we get to see:  are US jailers and officials going to be immune to the kind of inducements Guzman surely still has the vast hidden resources to offer? 

    One might even speculate, since we have so many in our midst who actually think drugs are great, if sympathetic accomplices might help Guzman without a great amount of compensation.