Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman convicted in U.S.

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Joaqin Guzman, the notorious Mexican drug cartel boss known under nickname "El Chapo" is to face life in jail after a USA court found him guilty on all charges in a high-profile narcotics trial.

New York's Brooklyn Bridge partly closed-off while El Chapo was transported from his prison cell in Manhattan to the courtroom for hearings.

Law enforcement officials said that he'll be looking at a mandatory life sentence without parole.

Guzman, 61, a kingpin in the Sinaloa cartel who was extradited to the United States in 2017, was found guilty by a court in NY of leading a "continuing criminal enterprise".

Guzman, who has been held in solitary confinement for the last two years, pleaded not guilty to the slew of charges, thus beginning his long-waited criminal trial in November.

The trial, which featured testimony from more than 50 witnesses, offered the public an unprecedented look at the inner workings of the Sinaloa Cartel, named for the state in northwestern Mexico where Guzman was born in a poor mountain village.

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They sorted through what authorities called an "avalanche" 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 U.S.

Deliberations were complicated by the trial's vast scope. Colombian trafficker Alex Cifuentes caused a stir by testifying that former Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto took a $100-million bribe from Guzman. "Amigo!" he said to a cartel distributor in Chicago. His lawyers say Guzman is not a criminal mastermind but just a fall guy for the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada.

The drug boss escaped from prison twice - once in 2001 by hiding in a laundry bin, and again in 2014 when he escaped through tunnels on a specially adapted small motorcycle.

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

El Chapo escaped from Mexican prisons twice, but was recaptured in 2016, and extradited to the USA in January 2017.

"Why? Because he is guilty and he never wanted to be in a position where he would have to answer for his crimes", she told the jury.

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