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Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman centre

El Chapo is now facing life in maximum security prison after a jury consisting of five men and seven women revealed the verdict to the three-month-long trial.

The global notoriety of Guzman was boosted by two escapes from Mexican custody, one in 2001 and another one in 2015 - through a 1.5km underground tunnel large enough to ride a motorcycle.

Mexican-born El Chapo, 61, showed no emotion as the verdicts were read out, but smiled at 29 year-old wife Emma Coronel Aispuro wife who put her hand on his heart.

The notorious cartel boss, born Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, has been on trial in NY, which featured testimony from multiple witnesses. Cogan said it made him "very proud to be an American". For instance, they saw proof of drugs pouring into the US through secret tunnels or hidden in tanker trucks or the undercarriage of passenger cars.

The cartel leader escaped prison twice in Mexico before being sent to the United States to stand trial.

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.

Guzman's lawyers say he was set up as a "fall guy" by Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, a powerful drug lord from Sinaloa who remains at large.

The U.S. Justice Department said in 2017 it sought forfeiture of more than $14 billion in drug proceeds and illicit profits from Guzman.

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Cogan also said that in his 13 years as a trial court judge he had never experienced a jury deliberating as diligently in a complex case as the Guzman one.

The trial cast a harsh glare on the corruption that allowed the cartel to flourish.

Guzman spoke in the courtroom only once during the trial, saying he would not testify in his own defense, NBC News reported.

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.

One of the trial's most memorable pieces of evidence came from El Chapo's mistress Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez Lopez, who testified she was in bed in a safe house with an on-the-run Guzman in 2014 when Mexican marines started breaking down his door. He took off running.

The verdict reached on the sixth day of jury deliberations could put the 61-year-old behind bars for the rest of his life in a high-security USA prison selected to thwart another one of the escapes that embarrassed his native country.

The defendant had previously escaped from jail by hiding in a laundry bin in 2001. "In front of you".

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