Jury set to deliberate fate of alleged Mexican cartel boss ‘El Chapo’
(Reuters) – A jury is anticipated to start deliberations within the trial of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, alleged to be the sector’s maximum notorious medication cartel boss, in Brooklyn federal courtroom on Monday.
The accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is observed right through his trial on this court docket cartoon in Brooklyn federal courtroom in New York City, U.S., January 31, 2019. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg
Guzman, 61, is accused of main the Sinaloa Cartel, which changed into one of probably the most tough drug trafficking organizations on the earth. He two times escaped from jail in Mexico, and can face the chance of lifestyles in a U.S. jail if convicted.
The 11-week trial, which featured testimony from greater than 50 witnesses, introduced the general public an unparalleled glance into the internal workings of the cartel, named for the state in northwest Mexico the place Guzman used to be born in a deficient mountain village.
Prosecutors stated he trafficked lots of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine into the United States over greater than 20 years, consolidating his energy in Mexico via murders and wars with rival cartels.
The protection has argued that Chapo used to be set up as a “fall guy” by way of Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, a drug kingpin from Sinaloa who stays at huge.
The maximum detailed proof in opposition to Guzman got here from greater than a dozen former pals who struck offers to cooperate with U.S. prosecutors.
Through them, jurors heard how the Sinaloa Cartel received energy amid the transferring allegiances of the Mexican drug business within the 1990s, in the end coming to keep watch over nearly all of the Pacific coast of Mexico.
They heard how Guzman made a reputation for himself within the 1980s as “El Rapido,” the rapid one, by way of development cross-border tunnels that allowed him to transfer cocaine from Mexico into the United States quicker than any person else.
Despite his ties to govt officers, Guzman frequently lived at the run. Imprisoned in 1993, he escaped in 2001 hidden in a laundry cart and spent the next years hiding within the mountains of Sinaloa, guarded by way of a personal military.
He used to be seized and imprisoned once more in 2014, however pulled off his absolute best recognized get away the next 12 months when he disappeared right into a tunnel dug into his jail cellular.
He used to be after all captured once more in January 2016 after a shootout in Sinaloa and extradited to the United States from Mexico on Jan. 19, 2017.
The jury to come to a decision his fate is comprised of seven ladies and 5 males. Their names have now not been disclosed for safety causes.
At least 3 jurors are immigrants, 3 are Spanish audio system and several other have ties to legislation enforcement.
Almost all of them had heard of Guzman prior to the trial started, however stated they might be unbiased. The most effective exception used to be a girl from Ethiopia who stated she had “no clue” who he used to be.
Reporting by way of Gabriella Borter; Editing by way of Sonya Hepinstall