El Chapo's United States drugs trial kicks off under tight security

'El Chapo' Trial: Trial of alleged drug kingpin to begin in US

Amid heavy security, jury selection began Monday in Brooklyn federal court for the criminal enterprise and conspiracy trial against the legendary accused drug lord whose electrifying escapes from Mexican prisons captured headlines worldwide.

The courthouse was a veritable fortress Monday, as heavily armed officers and bomb-sniffing dogs periodically checked the exterior.

His beauty queen wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, was barred from the selection process as are all members of the public to protect jurors from any threat.

The judge has ordered the jury to remain anonymous and partially sequestered.

Opening arguments are scheduled to start on November 13, after a week set aside for jury selection, held behind closed doors with only a select "pool" of reporters admitted under the tightest security reserved for the most risky defendants.

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Opening statements are expected to begin November 13.

Mr Heroy estimates the trial will cost United States taxpayers "more than US$50 million", a price tag that includes protection programmes for at least some of the hundreds of witnesses expected to testify.

A Mexican official told Reuters at the time that the move was a show of goodwill to incoming US President Donald Trump, who was inaugurated the next day, though Alberto Elias Beltran, Mexico's assistant attorney general for global affairs, denied any connection.

One juror was excused after she said she couldn't be impartial, saying, 'I feel very bad about drugs'. The Sinaloa cartel that Guzman founded in 1989 is still hugely powerful.

It is these ordinary men and women who will determine whether Guzman - the diminutive father of two whose nickname means "shorty" - is guilty or not of 11 trafficking, firearms and money laundering charges.

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He is accused of having a hand in dozens of murders, of using his drug cartel to smuggle more than 200 tons of cocaine into the United States, even pulling off running the massive operation from behind bars.

El Chapo made world headlines in July 2015 when he slipped out of his cell at the maximum security Altiplano federal prison via a mile-long underground tunnel.

USA prosecutors contend from 1989 to 2014, the Sinaloa cartel smuggled at least 155 tonnes of cocaine into the United States, as well as heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana, raking in US$14 billion (S$19 billion).

He was extradited to the United States from Mexico on January 19, 2017, after escaping twice from Mexican prisons before being captured again. In the U.S., opioid addiction has spiralled into an epidemic. He spends 23 hours a day in his cell.

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