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‘El Chapo’ Guzman Trial Begins

Nearly two years after his extradition from Mexico, notorious cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera will face an American jury in the most significant criminal raid in decades.

He was once considered the world’s biggest drug trafficker is accused of heading a criminal enterprise that spanned continents and triggered waves of bloodshed throughout Mexico.

His long-awaited trail before US District Court Judge Brian Cogan in Brooklyn federal court has begun. As expected, there will be unprecedented security measures, including armed escorts for the anonymous and partly sequestered jurors.

Even before the start of the trail, heavily armed federal marshals and bomb-sniffing dogs stood guard outside the courthouse. The Brooklyn Bride shut downs each time a police motorcade escort El Chapo from the Manhattan federal lockup.

El Chapo has pleaded not guilty. If convicted of international drug trafficking, conspiring to murder rivals, gun charges and money laundering, he faces a sentence of life in prison.

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