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Infamous Mexican Drug Lord ‘El Chapo' to Make In-Person Appearance in Brooklyn Court Friday

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was arrested last January after almost six months on the run following his escape from a maximum-security prison in Mexico

What to Know

  • Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was Mexico's most wanted man
  • Guzman was extradited to the U.S. earlier this month
  • Mexican officials were seen as eager to hand him off to the United States, but Guzman's lawyers fought his extradition

Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is to be in federal court in person Friday in New York. 

A judge ruled last week that Guzman would appear in court by video rather than have marshals escort him to and from a high-security Manhattan jail cell. But his lawyers asked the judge to reconsider. A new order was issued Wednesday. 

Prosecutors describe Guzman as the overseer of a three-decade campaign of smuggling, brutality and corruption that fueled an epidemic of cocaine abuse and related violence in the U.S. in the 1980s and '90s. The defense says it hasn't seen any evidence of illegal acts. 

To get Mexico to hand him over to the U.S., prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty. They're demanding he forfeit $14 billion in assets.

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