The Mexican drug lord Joaquin & # 39; El Chapo & # 39; Guzman is known for daring escape from prison.

The selection of the jury was scheduled to start on Monday in New York as part of drug trafficking against Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the legendary drug lord whose electrifying flight from a Mexican jail aroused the world.

The security forces around Guzman were so tight that the Brooklyn Bridge was closed to take him from his high-security cell in Manhattan for preliminary hearings in the Federal Court in Brooklyn. The judge said he would try to develop alternative logistics, so the bridge will not be closed twice a day for the probable four-month trial.

Nevertheless, the courthouse will be a fortress surrounded by heavily armed officers and bomb snoopers. The names of the jurors will not be published and the identity of most witnesses will also be retained.

Guzman is being charged with 17 criminal charges, including drug trafficking and rival conspiracy, money laundering and arms misappropriation. The prosecution says Guzman ruthlessly led one of the world's largest drug cartels and smuggled over 200 tons of cocaine into the United States.

Guzman's lawyers reject the allegations as testimony from murderers and drug traffickers.

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El Chapo made headlines in July 2015 when he slipped through a kilometer-long tunnel into freedom in the federal prison of Altiplano, a high security prison. The dramatic escape prompted a worldwide manhunt that ended six months later after a deadly shoot-out in Los Mochis, a coastal town in Guzman's home state of Sinaloa.

Attorney General Arely Gómez González said that the search would draw few valuable information until Guzman approached actors and producers and began planning a biography. This gave the investigators an indication of his location, and Gómez said that a trip by American actor Sean Penn to the rugged Sierra Madre had put her in front of Guzman's door.

El Chapo – which means "shorty" for his 5ft 6 tall stature – has been an iconic drug trafficker for decades. He was first captured in Guatemala in 1993 and extradited to Mexico. He served a 20-year prison sentence for drug trafficking in another prison when he experienced an equally complicated escape in 2001. In February 2014, he was arrested again in Mexico.

He held the multi-billion dollar cartel firmly under control. The US Drug Enforcement Administration (USSR) announces that it has managed to continue to be a force by acting with its son and other cartel leaders over lawyers and other individuals who place him outside the Altiplano prison from Mexico City, communicates.

Guzman was extradited to the US in January 2017 on a charge of alleged reign over a ruthless trafficking organization ruled by murder and torture.

"Guzman Loera is accused of using force, including torture and murder, to keep the drug trade across the border between the US and Mexico with an iron fist," said the then US government. Attorney Robert Capers at the time. "Guzman Loera has made billions of illegal dollars. This indictment shows that we will use all available resources to clear the leadership of dangerous drug cartels wherever they operate and we will not rest until we have done so. "

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