As the U.S. and Mexican governments reportedly work on a plan to extradite accused drug lord “El Chapo” Guzman to the United States, one law enforcement source indicates that his trial will take place in Brooklyn.
“It will be the Eastern District,” the law enforcement source told Pix11 in a recent report. The Eastern District, located at Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn, is one of seven jurisdictions with a pending indictment against Guzman.
The process of extraditing Guzman from Mexico to the U.S. could take “one year or longer,” Manuel Merino, the head of Mexico’s extradition office, said in a related ABC report.
Once an extradition agreement is reached, the reason for trying Guzman in the Eastern District is because “it’s the strongest indictment,” the law enforcement source said to Pix11. The Brooklyn indictment seeks a forfeiture of Guzman’s property to the tune of $14 billion based on accusations of distributing cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana in the U.S. between 2002 and 2014.
Juan Pablo Badillo, Guzman’s attorney, has filed six motions to rebuff extradition requests, ABC added.