'El Chapo' found guilty - Mexican drug lord faces a possible life sentence

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Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the former leader of the Mexican Sinaloa cartel, has been found guilty of all 10 charges was facing in federal court in New York.

“It is a sentence from which there is no escape and no return,” said Richard Donoghue, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. The 3 month trial included 56 witnesses providing evidence, including 14 that used to work with “El Chapo.” The 10 crimes of which the 61-year old was charged ranged from ‘engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise,’ a ‘cocaine importation conspiracy’ to ‘use of firearms.’ It was estimated by prosecutors in the case the Mr. Guzmán made more than $US 14 billion through his 30 year involvement in the drug trade.

It has however been suggested that the prosecution of Mr. Guzmán will do little to stem the entry of drugs into the US from Mexico’s cartels.

When questioned in a 2016 Rolling Stones interview about his responsibility “for the fact that there are so many drugs in the world” Mr. Guzmán replied “no, that’s false … Because the day I don’t exist, it’s not going to decrease in any way at all.”

This view was shared in “El Chapo’s” home state. “Trafficking drugs will continue,” Mr. Gildardo Velazquez told Reuters in Sinaloa, Mexico. “Nobody can stop it. Even now that they’ll give him the life sentence they think he deserves, it’s not going to change anything here.”

A hearing scheduled for June 25 in New York is expected to sentence the former cartel leader to life in prison. 

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