El Chapo found guilty

By Meg Wagner, Brian Ries and Amanda Wills, CNN
4:13 p.m. ET, February 12, 2019
12:51 p.m. ET, February 12, 2019

El Chapo waved at his wife after he heard the verdict

From CNN's Sonia Moghe

There was no reaction from Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera or his wife, beauty queen Emma Coronel, as the jury read the verdict.

But after the jurors left, Guzmán looked at Coronel and waved. They smiled at each other, and she touched her hand to her chest.

12:44 p.m. ET, February 12, 2019

JUST IN: El Chapo found guilty on all counts

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán, the near-mythical Mexican druglord, was found guilty on all 10 counts, according to Tyler Daniels, spokesperson for the US Attorneys office for the Eastern District of New York.

The charges include engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to launder narcotics proceeds, international distribution of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other drugs, and use of firearms.

He now faces life in prison.

12:29 p.m. ET, February 12, 2019

Jurors had 200 hours of testimony, boxes of evidence and 60 pages of instructions

From CNN's Sonia Moghe and Eric Levenson

The jury in Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera's trial deliberated for about 34 hours over the course of six days before reaching a verdict.

Legal experts said the drawn-out deliberations may just reflect the complicated nature of the federal case, which included....

  • About 200 hours of testimony since mid-November
  • Boxes upon boxes of physical evidence
  • 60 pages of jury instructions

Jurors could, too, be waffling over the credibility of key government witnesses. This includes some who admitted to heinous crimes and whose sentences could be reduced, per prosecutors, in return for the testimony, said Michael Lambert, an attorney on Guzmán's defense team.

"If the case were as simple as the government argued, the jury would be done by now," he said.
12:48 p.m. ET, February 12, 2019

The jury deliberated approximately 34 hours over 6 days

The jury in the trial of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán deliberated approximately 34 hours over past six days.

The 12-person jury, which is made up of eight women and four men, has remained anonymous and partially sequestered.

12:48 p.m. ET, February 12, 2019

JUST IN: Verdict reached in El Chapo trial

The jury has reached a verdict in the Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán trial according to Tyler Daniels, spokesperson for the US Attorney’s office for the Eastern District.

12:12 p.m. ET, February 12, 2019

200 hours of testimony, 56 witnesses: Here's what we know about El Chapo's trial

From CNN's Ray Sanchez

For two and half months, an anonymous and partially sequestered jury of seven women and five men sat through a case that could be described as "International Drug Trafficking 101."  

Here's what happened at Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera's trial:

  • The prosecution was based largely on witness testimony: Jurors heard 200 hours of testimony from 56 witnesses, including 14 cooperating witnesses — mostly traffickers and cartel associates — that a defense attorney dismissed as "lifelong liars" willing to perjure themselves in exchange for reduced sentences.
  • Murders were detailed: Jurors heard testimony about unspeakable tortures and ghastly murders, epic corruption at nearly every level of Mexico's government, narco-mistresses and naked subterranean escapes, gold-plated AK-47s and monogrammed diamond-encrusted pistols.
  • Evidence was presented: There were also surveillance photos, intercepted phone calls and text messages involving Guzmán, exhibits of blingy firepower and bricks of cocaine that dropped with the force of potato sacks.
  • There were major revelations: His IT specialist, a baby-faced computer geek from Colombia named Christian Rodriguez, testified against the drug baron at the trial. He provided the feds access to text messages and cell phone conversations El Chapo had with cartel associates, his paramours and his wife.
  • Deliberations started Monday: After instructions from US District Judge Brian Cogan, jurors began deliberations on Guzmán's fate.
12:12 p.m. ET, February 12, 2019

The trial at times had the feel of a Latin American soap opera

From CNN's Ray Sanchez

Emma Coronel, wife of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, was a regular at his trial.

There was stunning testimony of corruption at nearly every echelon of Mexico's government, from police and military commanders to local and state officials to former presidents who vehemently denied the allegations.

A soap-opera atmosphere: The daily drama at Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera's trial drew celebrities and so-called narco-tourists attracted to the Latin American soap-opera atmosphere of the proceedings. Guzmán appeared in a suit and tie each morning, delivering a wave and smile to his former beauty queen wife, Emma Coronel, a regular in the second row.

Coronel, 29, sat calmly through the testimony of one of El Chapo's lovers. Former Mexican lawmaker Lucero Sanchez broke down on the stand, describing how he lured her into marijuana trafficking without ever compensating her. She was 21 at the time.

The next day, in an apparent show of solidarity, Coronel and El Chapo appeared in court wearing matching velvet jackets.

12:30 p.m. ET, February 12, 2019

The fate of El Chapo now rests with the jury

An anonymous and partially sequestered jury of eight women and four men will decide the fate of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera, a Mexican drug lord who allegedly pocketed nearly $14 billion as the decades-long head of the murderous Sinaloa cartel.

Guzmán, who has pleaded not guilty, is facing 10 criminal charges. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison.

For 38 court days, the rise and fall of the near-mythical Mexican drug lord took center stage in room 8A of the Eastern District courthouse in downtown Brooklyn.