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AP: Mexico's 'El Chapo' likely to be prosecuted in Brooklyn

  • FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2016, file photo, 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, after his arrest. The world's most wanted drug lord was recaptured by Mexican marines months after he fled through a tunnel from a maximum security prison in an escape that deeply embarrassed the government and strained ties with the United States. Now that a Mexican judge has ruled that extradition proceedings for "El Chapo" can go forward, the U.S. Justice Department must choose which one of the competing jurisdictions will win the prize of putting him on trial. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2016, file photo, 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, after his arrest. The world's most wanted drug lord was recaptured by Mexican marines months after he fled through a tunnel from a maximum security prison in an escape that deeply embarrassed the government and strained ties with the United States. Now that a Mexican judge has ruled that extradition proceedings for "El Chapo" can go forward, the U.S. Justice Department must choose which one of the competing jurisdictions will win the prize of putting him on trial. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2016 file photo image released by Mexico's federal government, Mexico's most wanted drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, stands for his prison mug shot at the Altiplano maximum security federal prison in Almoloya, Mexico. The world's most wanted drug lord was recaptured by Mexican marines months after he fled through a tunnel from a maximum security prison in an escape that deeply embarrassed the government and strained ties with the United States. Now that a Mexican judge has ruled that extradition proceedings for "El Chapo" can go forward, the U.S. Justice Department must choose which one of the competing jurisdictions will win the prize of putting him on trial. (Mexico's federal government via AP)

    FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2016 file photo image released by Mexico's federal government, Mexico's most wanted drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, stands for his prison mug shot at the Altiplano maximum security federal prison in Almoloya, Mexico. The world's most wanted drug lord was recaptured by Mexican marines months after he fled through a tunnel from a maximum security prison in an escape that deeply embarrassed the government and strained ties with the United States. Now that a Mexican judge has ruled that extradition proceedings for "El Chapo" can go forward, the U.S. Justice Department must choose which one of the competing jurisdictions will win the prize of putting him on trial. (Mexico's federal government via AP)  (The Associated Press)

In the nationwide sweepstakes among federal jurisdictions to put Mexican drug kingpin and escape artist Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman on trial, the place currently leading the pack is far from the border: Brooklyn.

Justice Department officials in Washington still aren't commenting on the closely watched decision involving seven prosecutor's offices that have indicted Guzman on drug conspiracy and other charges over the past two decades.

But two law enforcement officials familiar with the process told The Associated Press that it's likely that if transferred from Mexican to U.S. custody in coming months, Guzman would be sent to the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly about the decision-making process.