What the ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán verdict means for the powerful Sinaloa cartel

(CNN)The verdict in the trial of the once-powerful leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel will have little impact on the operations of the world’s largest drug trafficking organization or the tons of narcotics it smuggles into the United States, according to experts.

Cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán, 61, was found guilty Tuesday of all 10 federal criminal accounts against him, including engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to launder narcotics proceeds, international distribution of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other drugs, and use of firearms.
But the high-profile federal prosecution in New York is a largely symbolic victory for authorities in Mexico and the United States, where the cartel — based mostly in the Mexican state of Sinaloa — continues to control most major narcotics markets.

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