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The Latest: Jury ends day without verdict at El Chapo trial

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Defense attorney Eduardo Balarezo, center, who is representing Joaquin

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. trial of the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo (all times local):

4:40 p.m.

The jury at the U.S. trial of the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo has ended its first day of deliberations without a verdict.

Jurors are deciding the fate of Joaquin Guzman in his drug-trafficking case. They are set to resume deliberating on Tuesday morning.

The jury has heard testimony lasting nearly three months about Guzman's rise to power as the head of the Sinaloa cartel. Prosecutors say he is responsible for smuggling at least 200 tons of cocaine into the United States and using violence to protect his turf.

The defense claims his role has been exaggerated by cooperators who are seeking leniency in their own cases.

Guzman faces a life sentence if convicted.

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1:40 p.m.

The jury at the U.S. trial of the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo has begun deliberations.

Jurors began deciding the federal drug-trafficking case against Joaquin Guzman on Monday afternoon.

The jury has heard testimony lasting nearly three months about Guzman's rise to power as the head of the Sinaloa cartel. Prosecutors say he is responsible for smuggling at least 200 tons of cocaine into the United States and using violence to protect his turf.

The defense claims his role has been exaggerated by cooperators who are seeking leniency in their own cases.

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker paid a visit to the courtroom on Monday to thank the trial team.

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10:45 a.m.

A judge has been giving instructions to jurors at the U.S. drug-trafficking trial of the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo.

They will begin deciding the fate of Joaquin Guzman on Monday.

The jury has heard testimony lasting nearly three months about Guzman's rise to power as the head of the Sinaloa cartel. Prosecutors say he is responsible for smuggling at least 200 tons of cocaine into the United States and using violence to protect his turf.

The defense claims his role has been exaggerated by cooperators who are seeking leniency in their own cases.

The 61-year-old Guzman has been in solitary confinement since being sent to the U.S. in 2017. He faces life in prison if convicted.

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7:20 a.m.

A jury is set to begin deliberations at the U.S. drug-trafficking trial of the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo.

The judge is expected to give instructions to jurors Monday morning before asking them to decide the fate of Joaquin Guzman.

The jury has heard testimony lasting nearly three months about Guzman's rise to power as the head of the Sinaloa cartel. Prosecutors say he's responsible for smuggling at least 200 tons of cocaine into the United States and using violence to protect his turf.

The defense claims his role has been exaggerated by cooperators who are seeking leniency in their own cases.

The 61-year-old Guzman has been in solitary confinement since being sent to the U.S. in 2017. He faces life in prison if convicted.

In this courtroom sketch, Joaquin
In this courtroom sketch, Judge Brian Cogan upper right, charges the jury in the U.S. trial of the infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin
Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of Joaquin
Defense attorney Eduardo Balarezo, center, who is representing Joaquin
Defense attorney Eduardo Balarezo, center, who is representing Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, arrives at federal court, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 in New York. A jury is due to begin deliberations Monday at the U.S. trial of the infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of Joaquin
Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, arrives at federal court, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 in New York. The jury has begun deliberations Monday at the U.S. trial of the infamous Mexican drug lord Guzman. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
In this courtroom sketch, Joaquin
In this courtroom sketch, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, right, is seated at the defense table with his interpreter, in the U.S. trial of the infamous Mexican drug lord, in New York, Monday Feb. 4, 2019. Jurors will be asked to begin deciding the verdict for Guzman, who faces life in prison if convicted. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)
In this courtroom sketch, Judge Brian Cogan upper right, charges the jury in the U.S. trial of the infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin
In this courtroom sketch, Judge Brian Cogan upper right, charges the jury in the U.S. trial of the infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, in New York, Monday Feb. 4, 2019. Cogan was giving instructions to jurors before they will be asked to begin deciding the verdict for Guzman, who faces life in prison if convicted. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)