US jury convicts El Chapo on all counts

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman centre

Guzman leaned back in his chair Tuesday to catch the eye of his wife, who gave him a subtle thumbs up, when the jury was discharged from a federal courthouse in Brooklyn. On its fifth day of deliberations, the jury asked to review law enforcement testimony about seizures of Colombian cocaine being shipped to the Sinaloa cartel to fuel a smuggling empire prosecutors say was under Guzman's command. Cogan says it made him "very proud to be an American".

Convicted by a jury of eight women and four men, he could face life in a US maximum-security federal prison. Now, the jury has handed in their verdict, finding the Sinaloa Cartel's leader guilty on all ten counts.

A federal jury in NY has found Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera guilty of all 10 criminal counts against him, including the top charge of engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise. His sentencing is set to be announced on June 25th.

Guzman escaped twice from maximum-security Mexican prisons before his final capture in January 2016.

The notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been convicted of drug-trafficking charges at a trial in NY.

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The trial testimony lasted almost three months and the jurors have were tasked with deciding on 10 separate counts.

More than 50 witnesses testified during the 11-week trial, including 14 former associates of Guzman who had agreed to cooperate with USA prosecutors.

United States prosecutors told the jury how he had trafficked tons of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine into the USA in crimes spanning more than two decades.

The defence accused prosecution cooperators of making him a scapegoat for their own crimes.

The evidence included testimony from 14 cooperators.

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