FILOT PHOTO: Utated handout photograph of Duty-owner Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman distributed by Mexico's law firm July 1
NEW YORK (Reuters) – An American jury has taken a Judge in drug abuse by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who became known as Mexico's most feared drug art, said a court official on Tuesday.
Guzman, 61, is accused of 10 criminal bills, including drug trafficking and engaging in a criminal company as leader of Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel. He faces life in prison if he is guilty.
The 12 jury members began consulting in the Federal Court in Brooklyn on February 4. The lack of judgment in the first week seemed to delight Guzman as a grin and hugged one of his lawyers before being led out of the courtroom.
Guzman is accused of trafficking human trafficking in cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine in the United States as the leader of the cartel, known as its homeland in northwestern Mexico.
Guzman fled twice from top security Mexican prisons before his last capture in January 2016. He was extradited to the United States a year later. Guzman's nickname is small, "Shorty" says.
His defense has claimed that Guzman was founded as a "fall man" by Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, a sinaloa drug art needle, which is still large. Prosecutors have said that Guzman and Zambada were partners.
More than 50 witnesses were tested during 11 weeks of trial, including 14 previously associated with Guzman who had agreed to cooperate with US prosecutors.
The co-operatives, most of whom had committed guilty charges on US drugs, provided detailed account of the internal work of Sinaloa Cartel and Guzman's alleged role as manager, describing his lavish lifestyle and penchant for killing his enemies.
In a series of notes last week, the jury sought answers to legal issues and asked to review the day's testimonies from several of the co-sponsors. The notes suggested that the jury points out in detail the extensive evidence from the trial.
Reporting of Jonathan Stamp; Editing by Alistair Bell and Grant McCool