Trial underway in NYC for accused Mexican drug lord "El Chapo"

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The lawyer claimed that unlike Guzman, Zambada remains on the loose because of bribes that "go up to the very top", including hundreds of millions of dollars paid to the current and former presidents of Mexico.

"The truth is he (Guzman) controlled nothing, Mayo Zambada did", Lichtman told the United States federal court in Brooklyn.

According to court filings, those witnesses will include former Sinaloa Cartel members and others involved in the drug trade who are now cooperating with the USA government. Instead, he became known as "the speedy one".

During jury selection last week, several potential jurors were dismissed because they feared for their lives, as was another who suffered a panic attack.

- Using tunnels to smuggled drugs for miles under the U.S.

Guzman extradition to New York City shook up Mexico's drug underworld.

Prosecutors have said they will use thousands of documents, videos and recordings as evidence, including material related to the Guadalajara airport shooting, drug smugglers' safe houses, Guzman's 2015 prison escape and the law enforcement operation to recapture him.

Guzman's defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman said Guzman spent significant time behind bars in Mexican prisons, and the flow of drugs into the United States never slowed down. He accused the defendant of personally shooting two men and having their bodies burned.

One woman was struck after complaining that the trial was causing her health problems, along with a man who claimed financial hardship, forcing lawyers and the judge to find two replacements before the full panel was sworn in.

The prosecutors' witnesses are expected to include former Guzman associates who are now co-operating with the USA government in exchange for more favourable treatment.

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Federal prosecutors say that as leader of Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel, Guzman, 61, directed massive shipments of heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine bound for the United States.

"You'll see how Guzman pulls the trigger", Fels told jurors. Dozens of members of the media and other spectators were left waiting in the trial courtroom and in an overflow room with a warning that they would lose their seats to people in a long line outside if they stepped away.

The jurors will remain anonymous and be escorted to and from by armed US marshals.

A USA jury is set to hear an epic tale about the notorious Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo".

Reports say the trial of the Mexican drug lord whose real names are Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will begin with lawyers' opening statements in a federal court in Brooklyn on Tuesday.

Defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman said in his opening statement to a jury in NY on Tuesday it would have been impossible for Joaquin Guzman (wah-KEEN' gooz-MAHN') to be in charge of the vast drug-dealing organization since he was either in jail or in hiding the entire time of the alleged conspiracy.

The trial is set to begin November 13 with opening statements in federal court in Brooklyn.

He has been kept in solitary confinement in Manhattan and his trial is surrounded by extraordinary security measures, with jurors escorted to and from court by armed federal marshals.

A K-9 team walks past people waiting to enter Brooklyn federal court, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in NY.

NEW YORK - During the height of Mexican drug wars in 1993, an attempted hit on Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman went wrong.

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