Drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ might face trial in New York: report

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Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman (right) is escorted by soldiers and marines to a waiting helicopter, at a federal hangar in Mexico City on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. The world’s most wanted drug lord was recaptured by Mexican marines six months after he fled through a tunnel from a maximum security prison. | Marco Ugarte/AP

If Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is extradited from Mexico, he may end up in court in Brooklyn, New York, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Officials in Washington have given other jurisdictions with outstanding charges against the purported leader of the world’s largest drug cartel a chance to make their case for trying him, according to these people. Chief among the concerns at the Justice Department is which of the various cases against Guzman has the best witnesses and fewest potential complications for bringing people to testify in a U.S. courtroom, they said. The current view at the Justice Department is that the Brooklyn case is the strongest, they said.

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