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

A guard tower looms over part of the Supermax facility outside Florence in southern Colorado in 2015

A guard tower looms over part of the Supermax facility outside Florence in southern Colorado in 2015. Associated Press

"It's time to pass my EL CHAPO Act", Cruz continued. The act is to ensure that El Chapo pays for the wall.

The world's most infamous cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who rose from poverty in rural Mexico to amass billions of dollars, was found guilty in a U.S. court on Tuesday of smuggling tons of drugs to the United States over a violent, colourful, decades-long career. "I urge my Senate colleagues to take swift action on this crucial legislation".

But Guzman, set to be sentenced in June for smuggling enormous amounts of narcotics into the U.S and having a hand in dozens of murders, would stand out even from Supermax's infamous roster because of his nearly mythical reputation for breaking out.

Trump has said the construction of a wall would cost around $5.7 billion.

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"Fourteen billion dollars will go a long way to secure our southern border, and hinder the illegal flow of drugs, weapons, and individuals", the senator added.

"In sum, the jury found that Guzman led the Sinaloa cartel, one of the largest and most risky drug cartels in the world, and that he is responsible for violence, including murders, and the smuggling of massive amounts of narcotics into the United States over decades".

Cruz's comments come a day after congressional negotiators from both political parties agreed to less money for Trump's proposed border wall in order to avoid another government shutdown.

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Earlier this week, congressional negotiators agreed to provide $1.4 billion for border barriers, which includes 55 miles of new fencing along Texas's Rio Grande Valley. Although it isn't clear whether the president will support the deal, some GOP congressional leaders remain hopeful.

Recaptured drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by soldiers at the hangar belonging to the office of the Attorney General in Mexico City, Mexico, on January 8, 2016.

The idea caught traction on President Donald Trump's favorite morning TV show, "Fox & Friends", where the co-hosts remarked in how it would provide the president with a way to fulfill the central promise of his campaign: a $5.7 billion wall along the US border with Mexico.

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