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Drug kingpin 'El Chapo' pleaded not guilty to federal charges in the US

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Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman plead not guilty to federal charges during an arraignment hearing in Brooklyn on Friday. 

The notorious drug lord was extradited from Mexico to the United States and landed in Long Island, New York Thursday evening. 

Guzman is facing 17 charges for allegedly operating a criminal enterprise which included conspiring to murder rivals, money laundering, and firearms violations, according to NPR

Drug kingpin 'El Chapo' pleaded not guilty to federal charges in the US

WATCH  | U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Robert L. Capers discusses the charges against El Chapo. 

The 59-year-old is accused of leading a criminal enterprise from 1989 to 2014 that was responsible for importing and distributing large amounts of narcotics. Authorities said Guzman is also charged with smuggling more than $14 billion in cash from the United States to Mexico, CNN reports

Guzman has escaped from prison several different times, so heightened security measures were put in place around the Manhattan jail where he is going to be held. In addition, the Brooklyn Bridge was closed while he was being taken to court. 

Drug kingpin 'El Chapo' pleaded not guilty to federal charges in the US

WATCH | Here's a look at some of the security measures put in place to prevent El Chapo from escaping. 

During Friday's hearing, the drug lord stood unhandcuffed while appearing before a packed courtroom.

CNN reports that Magistrate Judge James Orenstein asked Guzman whether he understood the charges against him. Guzman responded, "Si, Señor."

The charges he faces carry a minimum sentence of life in prison. 

Guzman's next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 3. 

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