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What we covered here

  • Guilty: Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera — the Mexican drug lord who allegedly pocketed nearly $14 billion as the decades-long head of the murderous Sinaloa cartel — was found guilty on all counts.
  • The charges: Guzmán, 61, faced 10 counts, 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. He has pleaded not guilty.
  • What happens next: Guzmán will be sentenced on June 25
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El Chapo's lawyers plan to appeal

Defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman said Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s legal team waged a vigorous defense of Guzman but were up against an “avalanche” of evidence and cooperating witnesses.

They plan to file an appeal on a number of issues.

Lichtman said Guzman was in good spirits, despite the guilty verdict.

“He’s always been a gentleman, always been supportive, always been happy and appreciative of all our efforts,” he added.

Prosecutor: This is a "victory for every family who has lost a loved one to the black hole of addiction"

The conviction of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman symbolizes a victory in the war on drugs according to Richard Donoghue, the US attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

He continued: “This conviction is a victory for every family who has lost a loved one to the black hole of addiction. There are those who say the war on drugs is not worth fighting. Those people are wrong.”

The government expects Guzman’s conviction will bring a sentence of life without parole.

“No escape and no return,” Donoghue said.

Jurors avoided eye contact with El Chapo in court

Jurors kept their eyes down, not looking at Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, as the verdict was read.

After Judge Brian Cogan read the juror’s verdict, he told them that the way they conducted themselves as jurors “made me very proud to be an American.”

Before the judge or jurors entered the room, a member of the defense team approached Guzman’s wife, beauty queen Emma Coronel to hand her Kleenex, but she declined.

After the verdict, CNN asked her how she is feeling.

Guzmán’s sentencing is set for June 25. But the guilty verdict on count one alone means he’s facing a mandatory life sentence.

The near-mythical drug lord now faces life in prison

Jurors heard more than 200 hours of testimony from 56 witnesses (though notably not from Guzmán himself) over the course of the roughly two-and-a-half-month trial in Brooklyn

It included testimony from a fellow cartel member who claimed that Guzmán once paid a $100 million bribe to former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.  

Guzman, 61, will be sentenced on June 25. He faces the possibility of life in prison.

Here’s the full list of counts:

Engaging in a Continuing Criminal Enterprise International Cocaine, Heroin, Methamphetamine and Marijuana Manufacture and Distribution Conspiracy Cocaine Importation Conspiracy Cocaine Distribution Conspiracy International Distribution of Cocaine International Distribution of Cocaine International Distribution of Cocaine International Distribution of Cocaine Use of Firearms Conspiracy to Launder Narcotics Proceeds

El Chapo waved at his wife after he heard the verdict

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Fast Facts
El Chapo's prosecutors bring out guns and kingpin's own words in closing arguments
'Narcos' actor who plays El Chapo went to court to see the man himself