2018-11-07 / News

Reputation precedes ‘El Chapo’ as U. S. trial approaches

By TOM HAYS
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - The ruthless reputation of the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo has sparked security concerns at his upcoming U.S. trial.

American prosecutors have accused Joaquin Guzman of overseeing a multibillion-dollar drug operation and a ruthless campaign of murders and kidnappings of his rivals. He is also known for twice escaping jail in Mexico.

That criminal pedigree has prompted authorities here to keep him in solitary confinement at a New York City jail. And for the trial, security mea- sures at the Brooklyn courthouse will include patrols by heavily armed federal agents.

U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan is taking a further precaution of keeping jurors' names from the public and giving them escorts to and from court.

The trial is set to begin Monday with jury selection. Opening statements are expected on Nov. 13.

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