NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Opening statements are set to start Tuesday in the high-profile trial of alleged Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.Chicago Culture Celebrates The City While Giving Back To Youth For Black History Month
He is expected to be kept in Brooklyn during the week. Each time he is transported back to a Manhattan correctional facility, he will be escorted by a highly secure motorcade. That involves shutting down part of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Heavily armed officers and plainclothes surveillance teams will also be stationed outside the courthouse.
“Any major high-threat trial, any high-value target – whether it be organized crime, terrorism, drug traffickers – New York is the premiere place to have these trials, these high security trials,” said John Cuff, a retired chief with the U.S. marshal service.READ MORE: Mother And 10-Year-Old Daughter Dead, 4 Family Members Hospitalized After House Fire In Auburn Gresham
Guzman has pleaded not guilty to 17 charges, including drug smuggling, money laundering and conspiring to murder.
Given the history of violence by him and his associates, jurors will receive special security, as well. The judge has ordered they remain anonymous and partially sequestered. They will also be transported to and from the courthouse by armed federal marshals.
“The United States Marshals Service is very used to these kinds of proceedings. There have been many with anonymized jurors and the security is intense,” criminal defense attorney Gerald Lefcourt said.Chicago Weather: Warm But Wet Sunday Morning Ahead Of Cold Front
The trial is expected to last about four months. In the meantime, he’s being held in solitary confinement.