White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested a border wall would have stopped Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman bringing drugs into the US.

Ms Sanders implied the conviction of the Mexican drug lord – found guilty of 10 charges related to narcotics trafficking in a US court on Monday – proved the threat posed by cartels south of the border was “real”.

The senior Trump administration official tweeted: “El Chapo’s reign of terror is over. He’ll spend the rest of his life in a maximum security prison. The threat from violent drug cartels is real – we must secure our border.”

Mexico’s most notorious drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was convicted Tuesday of running an industrial-scale smuggling operation after a three-month trial packed with Hollywood-style tales of grisly killings, political payoffs, cocaine hidden in jalapeno cans, jewel-encrusted guns and a naked escape with his mistress through a tunnel, according to AP.

Senator Ted Cruz also linked Guzman and the border wall agenda. The Republican lawmaker has drafted a bill entitled “Cruz’s Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act” that would direct money forfeited by convicted drug lords to building “border security assets”.

Mr Cruz tweeted: “I urge my Senate colleagues to take swift action on this crucial legislation.”

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