The trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman on drug trafficking and conspiracy charges, which is expected to last four months, began on Monday with the selection of jurors in a federal court in Brooklyn. Potential jurors were quizzed Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, about their attitudes on drug trafficking and how much attention they've paid to news reports about Guzman. The charges he now faces can earn him a lifelong prison sentence. Natasha Hussain has the details.
Jurors selected for the trial will be escorted by federal guards to and from the courthouse, officials said. "This prosecution demonstrates that we will apply all available resources to dismantle the leadership of risky drug cartels, wherever they operate, and will not rest until we have done so'".
Prosecutors say Guzman's operation earned more than $14 billion.
One of Mexico's most notorious drug lords will go on trial in the USA later on Monday.
And for further protection- the jurors names will be withheld from the public.
Prosecutors say Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera led the Sinaloa Cartel, an alleged criminal enterprise that imported and distributed massive amounts of drugs into the United States, between January 1989 and December 2014.
Guzman managed to escape from prison in Mexico twice before being extradited to the USA on January 19, 2017. In 2016, an average of 174 Americans died every day from drug overdoses.
The only visitors he is allowed are his three lawyers and twin seven-year-old daughters - the judge banned his 29-year-old beauty queen wife, Emma Coronel, from visiting. As jury selection is being held behind closed doors, she did not attend Monday.
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. Re-arrested by Mexican marines in February 2014, he escaped again 14 months later.
In a secret meeting with actor Sean Penn which the Hollywood star wrote about in Rolling Stone magazine in 2016, Guzman boasted: "I supply more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world".
This time, Mexico made a decision to wash their hands of him and put him on a plane.