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BREAKING NEWS: Drug lord ‘El Chapo’ found guilty in US

Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán has been found guilty on all counts at his drug trafficking trial in New York.

A Brooklyn jury on Tuesday found Mexican kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman guilty.

The accounts painted Guzman as a ruthless and calculating drug lord, who was paranoid to the point of obsession, going so far as to install spyware on the devices used by his associates, wife and mistresses.

The panel spent more than five days mulling the drug lord’s fate before convicting him on charges of operating a continuing criminal enterprise, use of firearms and various charges of conspiracy to import and distribute cocaine, heroin and marijuana.

Guzman, who twice escaped prison in Mexico, now faces up to life behind bars.

Guzmán, 61, was arrested in January 2016 after escaping from prison through a tunnel five months earlier.

The Mexican was accused of being behind the all-powerful Sinaloa drug cartel, which prosecutors say was the biggest supplier of drugs to the US.

Over the course of trial, jurors were shown stockpiles of seized kilos, in addition to AK-47 rifles, grenades, RPGs and other weapons discovered during various raids.

The panel also heard of rampant corruption across the country, ranging from bribes paid to low-level law enforcement — to allegations of multi-million dollar payments that implicated the current Mexican president and his predecessors.

Guzman’s defense spent the case attempting to undermine the integrity of the cooperating witnesses who took the stand against Guzman.

His lawyers repeatedly characterized him as a scapegoat who’d been persecuted, while his at-large partner, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, was allowed to run free

Key associates, including one former lieutenant, testified against him.

The jurors have been kept partially sequestered, and anonymous, for their safety.

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