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    Drug Kingpin ‘El Chapo’ Faces US Trial

    Joaquín Guzmán stands accused of dozens of murders as well as smuggling 200 tons of cocaine into the U.S. during his 20-year career. After escaping prison twice in Mexico, the notorious cartel boss was extradited in 2017 and will be tried by a federal court in New York City, where jury selection begins today. Prosecutors claim two of his sons retain control over his drug empire, and have expressed concerns about witness safety. Meanwhile, Guzmán’s lawyer told OZY he’s prepared to cast his client as more legitimate than the witnesses against him.

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