El Chapo verdict proof money can't buy happiness: Mexican president

El Chapo verdict proof money can't buy happiness: Mexican president

Drug lord Joaquin Guzman has an unparalleled record of jailbreaks, having escaped two high-security Mexican prisons before his ultimate capture and extradition to the US.

Authorities routinely shut down the Brooklyn Bridge to shuttle El Chapo to federal court in a police motorcade that included a Swat team and ambulance tracked by helicopters.

One of Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's attorneys has lamented that his client's months-long trial was fundamentally unfair and ridden with errors, including not allowing the defense to cross-examine a supposedly unhinged witness.

Guzman, 61, the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel who escaped twice from maximum-security Mexican prisons before his most recent capture in 2016, faces a possible life prison sentence at a hearing scheduled for June 25 in NY.

"I told you at the outset that this would be the most unusual case this courthouse had ever seen", Herrmann told jurors Wednesday, as armed U.S. Marshals continued to patrol the building in the wake of Guzman's internationally-watched guilty verdict.

Reaction in his native state of Sinaloa, home to remote mountain villages and sunny beaches along Mexico's Pacific coast, ranged from lament to resignation that little will change now that Guzman is likely to spend the rest of his life behind bars.

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Guzman was convicted on all 10 charges: engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise; worldwide cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana manufacture, and distribution conspiracy; two counts of cocaine importation conspiracy; four counts of global distribution of cocaine; use of firearms; and conspiracy to launder narcotics proceeds.

"There had to be collusion from within", said Mike Vigil, a former Drug Enforcement Administration agent who worked undercover in Mexico.

The "Alcatraz of the Rockies" is the prison where the U.S. Bureau of Prisons (BOP) keeps inmates too unsafe to house anywhere else, Atavist magazine reported.

An allegation Mr Pena Nieto has denied. Officials were so concerned about security, in fact, that Guzman was forbidden from hugging his wife at his trial. "He left us behind".

Asked what he was wearing, she said: 'He was naked.

For the first time, Guzman was taken to a prison in Mexico in 2004; however, he escaped in 2001 after hiding in a laundry cart.