El Chapo was found guilty on all 10 counts and could face life imprisonment when he is sentenced in June. The trial began last November and heard from more than 50 witnesses, from former associates, employees and even FBI agents. The charges included seven drug trafficking charges, one count of engaging in a criminal enterprise, one count of money laundering and one charge of firearm offences.
Chapo, whose real name is Joaquin Guzman, showed no emotion when the verdict was read.
But his wife was seen crying, after the pair put their hands to their hearts and gave each other the thumbs up sign once the jury had left the room.
Who is Emma Coronel Aispuro?
The 29-year-old has been married to El Chapo since July 2, 2007 on her 18th birthday, when he was 47.
The former beauty queen was born in Los Angeles to mother Blanca Estela Aispuro Aispuro and father Inés Coronel Barreras, a cattle rancher.
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Inés was a convicted Mexican drug lord himself and is believed to have cultivated marijuana and opium poppies.
He is a former high-ranking leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, a criminal group based in Sinaloa.
Her uncle is the drug kingpin Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel, an important member of the Sinaloa Cartel and was one of El Chapo’s most trusted men.
Emma caught the eye of El Chapo when she was competing in the 2007 Coffee and Guava Festival beauty pageant and he reportedly announced his intention to marry her.
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In an interview with the LA times, she said: “I would say what won me over was his way of talking, how he treated me, the way we began to get along – first as friends and from that came everything else.
“He tends to win over people by his manner of being, of acting, the way he treats people in general.”
Will El Chapo be sentenced to life in prison?
Guzman will return to court on June 25 to be sentenced – he was the first to go to trial instead of pleading guilty, as other high-ranking cartel figures have been extradited previously.
US prosecutors said he trafficked tons of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine into the United States over more than two decades.
Lawyers for El Chapo said they were “obviously disappointed” bit respectful of the jury’s decision.
The statement added: “We were faced with extraordinary and unprecedented obstacles in defending Joaquin, including his detention in solitary confinement.”
Jeffrey Lichtman, a lawyer for Guzman, told reporters after the verdict the defence faced an uphill fight, given the amount of evidence the government presented, and the widespread perception that Guzman was already guilty.
“This was a case that was literally an avalanche, avalanche of evidence,” Lichtman said. “Of course we’re going to appeal.”