El Chapo’s wife arrives to U.S. court as jury deliberates
The wife of accused drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman arrived at Brooklyn federal court on Monday, Feb. 11.
Jurors in the U.S. trial of accused Mexican drug cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman began their fifth day of deliberations in a federal court in Brooklyn on Monday.
Guzman, 61, is accused of leading Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel, which became one of the most powerful drug trafficking organizations in the world. He twice escaped from prison in Mexico, and will face the possibility of life in a U.S. prison if convicted.
The 11-week trial, which featured testimony from more than 50 witnesses, offered the public an unprecedented look into the inner workings of the cartel, named for the state in northwest Mexico where Guzman was born in a poor mountain village.
Prosecutors said he trafficked tons of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine into the United States over more than two decades, consolidating his power in Mexico through murders and wars with rival cartels.
The defense argued that Guzman was set up as a “fall guy” by Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, a drug kingpin from Sinaloa who remains at large.
The 12 jurors began deliberating last week after receiving instructions from U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan.