No verdict yet in El Chapo deliberations

Jurors are yet to reach a verdict at the US trial of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
Jurors are yet to reach a verdict at the US trial of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Jurors have finished a fifth day of deliberations without a verdict at the US trial of notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

The jury in a New York federal court was silent for most of the day before sending two notes to the judge. One asked to review law enforcement testimony about seizures of Colombian cocaine being shipped to the Sinaloa cartel to fuel a smuggling empire allegedly under Guzman's command.

The other note asked if jurors have to be unanimous on whether the government has proven several elements of the case's top conspiracy count to reach a verdict on that count. They've been instructed they need full agreement on at last three of those elements.

Guzman, 61, was extradited to the US in 2017 for the trial, which could end in a life sentence. The defence has accused prosecution cooperators of making him a scapegoat for their own crimes.

Deliberations are to resume Tuesday.

Australian Associated Press