Jury set to deliberate fate of alleged Mexican cartel boss 'El Chapo'

05 February, 2019, 00:48 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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Newly unsealed documents about notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman contain claims by witnesses that he had sex with minors he called "vitamins", a disturbing allegation coming just as a jury is about to start deliberating in his USA drug-trafficking case.

El Chapo, real name Joaquin Guzman, is said to have handpicked the minors based on photos sent by "Maria" who ran a "modelling agency". A Colombian drug trafficker told investigators the kingpin paid $5,000 to have the girls brought to him, and that he sometimes drugged them, the papers say. It should be noted that "Commadre Maria" was also earlier referenced as the woman who allegedly delivered a bribe of $100 million to Enrique Peña Nieto, who served as the President of Mexico from 2012 to 2018.

In turn, Eduardo Balarezo, one of Guzman's attorneys, called these accusations "extremely salacious" and said that El Chapo denied them.

"It is unfortunate that the material was publicly released just prior to the jury beginning deliberations", Balarezo said in a statement, declining further comment.

Ultimately, however, the documents were ordered unsealed by US District Judge Brian Cogan at the request of The New York Times and Vice News.

He is being tried for 11 trafficking, firearms and money laundering charges and is likely to face life behind bars if convicted.

After almost three months of testimony about a vast drug-smuggling conspiracy steeped in violence, a jury is due to begin deliberations on Monday at the USA trial of the infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Throughout the months-long trial, the jury has heard more than 200 hours of testimony about Guzman's rise to power as the head of the Sinaloa cartel.

The jury begins deliberation on Monday after hearing from a total of 57 witnesses: 56 presented by the prosecution and one called by Guzman's defense team.

"This trial gave the American public tremendous insight into how these powerful drug trafficking cartels operate", Mike Vigil, former chief of worldwide operations for the Drug Enforcement Administration, said, according to CNN.

Guzman, 61, has been on trial since November, when he was extradited to the United States to face a litany of charges.

The document said other government witnesses corroborated the allegations.

The new and disturbing details were made during Guzman's trial at the U.S. Federal Court in Brooklyn, New York on Friday.


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