Jeffrey Lichtman, a lawyer for Guzman, told reporters after the verdict that the defence faced an uphill fight, given the amount of evidence the government presented, and the widespread perception that Guzman was already guilty.
A federal jury in NY has found Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera guilty of all 10 criminal counts against him, including the top charge of engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise.
The trial testimony lasted almost three months and the jurors have were tasked with deciding on 10 separate counts.
Convicted by a jury of eight women and four men, he could face life in a USA maximum-security federal prison.
He was extradited to the United States in 2017 after being arrested in Mexico the previous year.
Federal court marshals whisked Guzman out of the courtroom immediately after the judge read the guilty verdict. Once the jury left the room, he and his wife Emma Coronel, put their hands to their hearts and gave each other the thumbs up sign. The 66-year-old's wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, was among those in the courtroom on Tuesday to see his fate sealed.
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Notorious drug lord El Chapo is set to die in jail after being convicted of running the world's largest drug smuggling operation.
The most detailed evidence against Guzman came from more than a dozen former associates who struck deals to cooperate with United States prosecutors. 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. His lawyers say Guzman is not a criminal mastermind but just a fall guy for the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada.
Guzmán, once listed on Forbes' Billionaires List, has always been a slippery and near-mythical figure.
The most shocking allegation came from Guzman's former top aide Alex Cifuentes, who accused former Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto of taking a $100 million bribe from Guzman.
Outside the court, U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue called it a "day of reckoning", promising the government would continue to root out cartel-related drug-running and corruption.
Despite his ties to government officials, Guzman often lived on the run. He escaped from a Mexican prison in 2001 in a laundry cart and again in 2015 through a tunnel. He was finally recaptured in January 2016 following a shootout in Sinaloa.