The mythical criminal pedigree of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who was extradited in 2017 to face USA drug conspiracy charges, has sparked security concerns at his upcoming New York City trial that at times have drawn as much attention as the case's sensational allegations.
As CBS2's Janelle Burrell reported Monday, security will be tight for both Guzman and the potential jurors.
A look at those concerns for a trial that is starting Monday with jury selection.
The 61-year-old drug lord is facing 11 felony charges in relation to drug trafficking, conspiracy, money laundering, and weapons charges, which he is accused to engaging with during his time as the leader of one of the world's most infamous drug trafficking organizations. Some mentioned they were aware he had escaped from prison in Mexico, and others recalled how he did an interview with actor Sean Penn while he was on the run.
New York―Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman goes on trial in New York on Monday, accused of running the world's biggest drug cartel and spending a quarter of a century smuggling more than 155 tons of cocaine into the United States. U.S. prosecutors contend that from 1989 to 2014, the cartel smuggled at least 340,892 pounds (154,626 kilograms) of cocaine into the United States, as well as heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana, raking in $14 billion.
Prosecutors say Guzman was in the habit of ordering the killings of anyone who got in his way during his heyday in Mexico as boss of the Sinaloa cartel.
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Experts say the government has a near water-tight case likely to send Guzman, 61, to a maximum security USA prison for the rest of his life.
El Chapo pleaded not guilty to all the crimes against him - worldwide drug trafficking, gun charges, money laundering, and more.
Potential jurors will be asked if they know of Guzman and if they or anyone close to them has ever felt fearful or threatened by people who they thought were associated with drug crimes. US Marshals will escort them every day.
Mr Heroy estimates the trial will cost United States taxpayers "more than US$50 million", a price tag that includes protection programmes for at least some of the hundreds of witnesses expected to testify.
There's now speculation that a special cell for Guzman has been set up in the bowels of the courthouse where he will spend the night after his days in court. Mexican authorities then recaptured the fugitive in January 2016.
The only visitors he is allowed are his three lawyers and twin seven-year-old daughters - the judge banned his 29-year-old beauty queen wife, Emma Coronel, from visiting. He was rearrested in 2014 only to escape 14 months later from a tunnel dug into the prison.