Tight security, as the trial of an alleged drug leader "El Chapo" opens


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The Mexican drugged leader Joaquin El Chapo & Guzman is known for his bold prison escapes.
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NEW YORK – The alleged Mexican drug king Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman somehow managed to escape.

So far.

Through great security, the selection of the jury began Monday at the Brooklyn District Court for the criminal business and the conspiracy trial against the legendary accused drug master whose massacre escaped from Mexican prisons has been gathering world titles.

Guzman, who allegedly continues to manage the world's largest drug dealing business, even behind Mexican bars, is now faced with the possibility of life imprisonment in the United States. His trial is expected to last two to four months.

The federal authorities have imposed a high degree of security to prevent Gzhman from retreating again. He has been detained in a federal high security cell in Manhattan from January 2017, when Mexico agreed to allow him to be extradited to the United States for trial.

The Brooklyn Bridge was closed for traffic every time federal officials took him from his cell for preliminary hearings to the federal court near the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood.

US District Court judge Brian Cogan said he would try to develop alternative security logistics so the bridge would not close twice a day during the trial.

This led to speculation on Monday that Guzman would run into a special cell deep inside the Brooklyn court unit. Federal officials refused to comment, highlighting high security concerns.

The court was a real fort on Monday, as heavily armed officers and dogs who invaded the bombing periodically controlled the outside.

In another security measure, the names of potential notaries – a group of 1,000 summons issued to residents of the East District Court of New York – will not be released. The final advisers will be accompanied by and to the federal court by federal shipowners.

Cogan has forbidden last week to forbid people to watch probation periods when prospective jurors were asked about their knowledge of the case, any reluctance to serve, and whether they can make a fair and impartial verdict.

The judge ruled that only five journalists, a fraction of the crowd of media representatives after the trial, would be allowed in the courtroom during the selection of judges.

The identities of most of the planned witnesses of persecution are also kept secret.

Opening declarations are scheduled for November 13th.

Prosecutors say Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera has led the Sinaloa cartel, an alleged criminal enterprise that introduced and distributes huge amounts of drugs in the United States between January 1989 and December 2014.

Guzman, 61, is accused of 17 criminal misconduct, including drug trafficking, conspiring to assassinate opponents, money laundering and weapons offenses. Prosecutors say the Sinaloa cluster, named in Guzman's home country, has smuggled more than 200 tonnes of cocaine into the United States.

Guzman's lawyers claim that allegations are based on the false testimony of killers and drug dealers.

Prosecutors say Guzman has earned more than $ 14 billion. His defense team says he has struggled to pay his legal bills.

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El Chapo wrote world titles in July 2015 when he closed his cell to the maximum security of the Altiplano federal prison through an underground tunnel. The dramatic escape sparked a global homicide that ended six months later in a deadly shot at Los Mochis, a coastal town in Sinaloa.

Gómez González, Mexico's Prosecutor General, said the search brought a few valuable clues until Guzman arrived at actors and producers and began drafting a film about his life.

That's what the investigators threw at his site. Gómez said the trip to the rugged Sierra Madre by American actor Sean Penn put researchers at Guzman's door.

El Chapo – "Shorty," for the height of 5 feet-6 – has been a virtual figure in the drug trade for decades.

He was captured in Guatemala in 1993 and was published in Mexico. He expelled a 20-year prison sentence for drug charges in a different prison when he withdrew a complicated escape in 2001. He was recovered in Mexico in February 2014.

The authorities say it maintained its adhesion to the Sinaloa Complex. The US Drug Enforcement Administration says it was able to remain a force by communicating with the son and other leaders of the partnership through lawyers and others who visited him in Altiplano prison outside Mexico City.

Gjman was exported to the United States in January 2017 in an indictment detailing his alleged reign in a merciless trafficking organization controlled by murder and torture.

"Guzman Loera is accused of using violence, including torture and murder, to maintain an iron grip in drug trafficking across the US-Mexican border," said US prosecutor Brooklyn Robert Capers. "Guzman Loera made billions of illegal dollars." This persecution proves that we will use all available resources to break the leadership of the dangerous drugs cartel, wherever they operate and will not rest until we do it. "

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Contribution: Associated Press

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