The trial of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who is accused of running the world's biggest drug cartel, is about to begin in the USA with anonymous jurors and high security.
U.S. prosecutors say that as the head of the Sinaloa Cartel, Guzman directed the worldwide trafficking of multi-ton shipments of drugs, including heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine. The names of the jurors will not be revealed and each of them will be assigned a U.S. Marshal to escort them to and from the courthouse. Given Guzman's current residence at a high-security prison in Manhattan, Federal agents are scrambling to find ways to transport him to the NYC borough without throwing a wrench in the city's traffic flow.
"I think this is indicative of the fact that the Sinaloa cartel has probably infiltrated the drug industry in our country", said PNP spokesman Senior Supt. The required security to ensure each parties safety is unprecedented and it expected to cause the Brooklyn Bridge to be closed twice a day until the end of the trial.
According to reports, Jury selection for the trial of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has started.
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Identities of the 12 selected jurors and six alternates will remain anonymous and they will be escorted to and from the courthouse every day by armed USA marshals.
Guzman, who allegedly continued to run the world's largest drug-trafficking operation even while behind bars in Mexico, now faces the possibility of life imprisonment in the United States. USA prosecutors contend that from 1989 to 2014, the cartel smuggled at least 340,892 pounds (154,626 kilograms) of cocaine into the United States, as well as heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana, raking in $14 billion.
After two massive prison breaks by El Chapo in Mexico, authorities in the USA are taking every precaution to keep their notorious prisoner behind bars.
It is alleged that he spent a quarter of a century smuggling more than 155 tonnes of cocaine into the United States.
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Arrested for the first time in Guatemala in 1993, El Chapo spent more than seven years in a Mexican prison before his first escape in 2001.
Mexican authorities captured Guzman and an associate in January 2016 fleeing a raid on a house where he had been staying in northwest Mexico.
Last year, there was a record 29,000 murders in Mexico. He was rearrested in 2014 only to escape 14 months later from a tunnel dug into the prison.
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