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Jury set for deliberations at US trial of El Chapo

3 years 6 months 1 week ago Monday, February 04 2019 Feb 4, 2019 February 04, 2019 6:22 AM February 04, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - A jury is set to begin deliberations at the U.S. drug-trafficking trial of the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo.

The judge is expected to give instructions to jurors Monday morning before asking them to decide the fate of Joaquin Guzman. The jury has heard testimony lasting nearly three months about Guzman's rise to power as the head of the Sinaloa cartel.

Prosecutors say he's responsible for smuggling at least 200 tons of cocaine into the United States and using violence to protect his turf. The defense claims his role has been exaggerated by cooperators who are seeking leniency in their own cases. The 61-year-old Guzman has been in solitary confinement since being sent to the U.S. in 2017. He faces life in prison if convicted.

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