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Drug lord ‘El Chapo’ sentenced for leading a criminal organization

The Mexican drug lord Joaquín Guzmán Loera, known as ‘El Chapo’, was Tuesday found guilty of drug trafficking, kidnapping, the result of a criminal organisation, laundering criminal money and 33 murders. To do this, he must be possible for life to prison.

The 61-year-old Guzmán is seen as one of the biggest drug lords in the world. He has as the leader of the Sinaloa cartel billions of dollars earned.

Guzmán has over two decades of tons of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine to the United States ingesmokkeld. He strengthened his power with murders and wars with rival cartels, according to the prosecutors.

The defense stated earlier that Guzmán, who say he is innocent, as a scapegoat in the fall was lured.

The drug baron several times escaped

‘El Chapo’ was in 2016 extradited to the United States, after he was a year earlier in his home country was arrested. This was Guzmán twice previously held. He managed two time to escape.

In the nineties ended up Guzmán for the first time in a Mexican prison. He escaped in 2001 from a maximum security prison by hiding in a laundry basket. After his arrest in 2014, he escaped again from a high-security prison, this time by an underground tunnel.

More than fifty witnesses heard

In the trial against the drug lord were more than fifty witnesses heard. One of them is a former bodyguard of Guzmán. He stated that the drug lord three members of a rival cartel had murdered.

The full file occupies more than 300,000 pages, and over 115.000 sound recordings. The indictments cover a period of thirty years and played in multiple countries.

The jury in the trial in New York came last week, not a judgement. The members needed more time, so was the explanation. The deliberation took longer than a week, the process a total of eleven weeks.

The lawyers of Guzmán, through a statement know disappointed about the decision of the jury, but that respect. The penalty is on 25 June, published.

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