The verdict comes following a wildly dramatic, three-month long trial in New York City that involved extreme measures to prevent El Chapo from escaping, such as his accommodations at a Manhattan prison supposedly being even more secure than a SuperMax.
Guzmán, 61, faces 10 counts, including engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to launder narcotics proceeds, worldwide distribution of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other drugs, and use of firearms.
The 61-year-old Guzman broke out of Mexican prisons twice before he was finally recaptured and extradited to the U.S.in 2017.
As the judge read the verdict, Guzman stared at the jury without expression.
The trial testimony lasted almost three months and the jurors have been tasked with deciding on 10 separate counts.
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"Senor judge, me and my attorneys have spoken about this", Guzman stated.
Jurors agreed with prosecutors that he amassed huge wealth and power leading 'the world's largest and most prolific drug trafficking organization.' They heard blood-curdling evidence about how El Chapo once beat and shot a worker who defected to a rival cartelk, before burying him alive. The jury, which took days to deliberate, was made up of four men and eight women who had their identities kept anonymous for their own protection. He did not try to deny his crimes, but instead had his lawyers argue he was merely a fall guy for corrupt government officials guilty of far worse wrongdoing that him. "We were faced with extraordinary and unprecedented obstacles in defending Joaquin, including his detention in solitary confinement", the statement said, Reuters reported.
Through them, jurors heard how the Sinaloa Cartel gained power amid the shifting allegiances of the Mexican drug trade in the 1990s, eventually coming to control nearly the entire Pacific coast of Mexico.
A defense attorney for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman says the notorious drug lord's conviction will be appealed.
The prosecution's case against Guzman, a roughly 5½-foot figure whose nickname translates to "Shorty", included the testimony of several turncoats and other witnesses.