The Latest: US jury convicts Mexican drug lord El Chapo

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the verdict for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s U.S. trial (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

The notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been convicted of drug-trafficking charges at a trial in New York.

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 U.S. prison selected to thwart another one of the escapes that embarrassed his native country.

Guzman broke out of Mexican prisons twice before he was finally recaptured and extradited to the U.S. in 2017.

Federal prosecutors put on more than 50 witnesses over three months detailing how Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel amassed billions of dollars importing tons of cocaine, heroin, meth and marijuana into the U.S.

Witnessed detailed assassinations and political payoffs, and how drugs were smuggled using tanker trucks, rail cars and even shipments of canned peppers.

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12:20 p.m.

Federal prosecutors say a jury has reached a verdict in the U.S. trial of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

The verdict came on the sixth day of the jury’s deliberations.

The trial testimony lasted nearly three months and the jurors have been tasked with deciding on 10 separate counts.

Federal prosecutors say Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel amassed billions of dollars importing tons of cocaine, heroin and marijuana into the U.S.

The defense has accused prosecution cooperators of making him a scapegoat for their own crimes.

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10:10 a.m.

Jurors at the U.S. trial of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman are in their sixth day of deliberations.

They returned Tuesday to grapple with the complicated case at a federal courthouse in Brooklyn.

The trial testimony lasted nearly three months and the jurors have been tasked with deciding on 10 separate counts.

The evidence included testimony from 14 cooperators. Many described Guzman’s willingness to use violence against enemies of a cartel that prosecutors say smuggled at least 200 tons (181 metric tons) of cocaine into the U.S. over two decades.

The defense has accused prosecution cooperators of making him a scapegoat for their own crimes.

Associated Press

Associated Press

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