El Chapo jury includes Michael Jackson impersonator

Jury selection in 'El Chapo' trial set to begin Monday in New York

The trial of accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman begins Monday in NY with jury selection. Guzman sat at the defence table listening through an interpreter and wearing street clothes - a dark suit and a white shirt with an open collar - instead of a jail uniform for the first time since he was extradited to the United States early a year ago.

USA district court judge Brian Cogan will preside over the process behind closed doors.

Opening arguments are scheduled to start on November 13, after a week of jury selection, held behind closed doors under security reserved for the most risky defendants.

Judge Cogan also raised concerns at the hearing about the prosecutors' planned case at the hearing. He faces life in prison if convicted.

After Guzman was brought to NY, authorities here decided he should be housed in solitary confinement in a high-security wing of a federal jail in Manhattan that has held notorious terrorists and mobsters.

Authorities say he maintained his grip on the Sinaloa Cartel.

They will also be escorted in and out of the court by guards.

According to the indictment, Guzman is responsible for ordering thousands of murders during the years his Sinaloa Cartel funneled 200 metric tons of cocaine as well as other drugs into the United States, pulling in $14 billion (€12.3 billion).

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Recaptured drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by soldiers at the hangar belonging to the office of the Attorney General in Mexico City, Mexico on January 8, 2016.

One juror was excused after she said she couldn't be impartial, saying, 'I feel very bad about drugs'.

It is alleged that from 1989 to 2014, the cartel smuggled at least 340,892 pounds (154,626 kilograms) of cocaine into the U.S., as well as heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana, raking in $14bn (£11bn).

"'El Chapo Guzman is the world's #1 drug criminal", DEA spokesperson Rusty Payne told Forbes after his apprehension in 2014.

It is alleged that he spent a quarter of a century smuggling more than 155 tonnes of cocaine into the United States.

Last year, Mexico witnessed a record 29,000 murders.

He twice escaped from maximum security prisons in Mexico, and authorities have sought to protect trial witnesses from possible cartel retribution.

He was arrested again by Mexican marines in February 2014 but escaped 14 months later before being re-captured in January 2016. This time, Mexico chose to wash their hands and put him on a plane.

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