Reuters reports that the trial of extradited Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is set to begin on Monday in federal court in Brooklyn. Guzman is facing drug trafficking and conspiracy charges.
Prosecutors, defense lawyers and U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan will start by choosing jurors. In a trial that is expected to last for four months, the jury will be kept anonymous. It is a sign of the level of attention on the case, and the notoriety of the defendant.
61 year old Guzman formerly led the Sinaloa Cartel. The cartel is named after its base in the Mexican state of Sinaloa.
According to U.S. authorities, the group is one of the most powerful drug trafficking organizations in the world.