El Chapo: Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman sentenced to life in prison

Testimonies from more than 50 witnesses showed how Joaquin Guzman became the ruthless mastermind of Mexico's Sinaloa cartel.

Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is likely to die in jail after being sentenced to life plus 30 years for smuggling drugs into the US over a violent, decades-long career.
Jurors found the 62-year-old guilty of drug trafficking, money laundering and the use of firearms in February after an 11-week trial.
He also said he had been denied a fair trial and that jurors had been influenced by media reports of the case.
Judge Brian Cogan sentenced him to life plus 30 years, the mandatory sentence, at the hearing in Brooklyn, New York.
During the trial, prosecutors gave an extraordinary glimpse into the brutal and lucrative world of Mexico's Sinaloa cartel and how El Chapo became its mastermind, trafficking thousands of kilos of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine.
"The overwhelming evidence at trial showed that the defendant was a ruthless and bloodthirsty leader," lawyers said.



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