By DANIELLE KOGEN
The jury began deliberating the charges against the brother of the president of Honduras on Thursday, accused of sending nearly 200,000 kilos of cocaine into the United States.
The defendant, Juan Antonio Hernandez, could face life in prison if convicted of the charges against him, including drug trafficking, conspiracy, weapons violations and falsifying statements during a federal interview.
The two-week trial included sensational testimony, indicating that Hernandez served as a bag man to deliver a $1 million bribe to his brother, Juan Orlando Hernandez, from the convicted drug lord nicknamed El Chapo. the president has denied the accusation.
Before adjourning the jurors requested written transcripts of interviews with former mayor Amilcar Alexander Ardon, and two other Honduran drug lords in the poverty-stricken nation.
Bove also branded the 41-year-old defendant as an “arrogant,” man who had his initials stamped into each kilo of cocaine. The Honduran President has not been charged, and has extensively denied any wrongdoing on the part of his administration throughout the case.