Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman extradited to US

By William Branigin at Washington Post

Mexico's most wanted drug lord, Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman in his prison mug shot.
Mexico's most wanted drug lord, Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman in his prison mug shot.

The Mexican government announced today that it has extradited notorious drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States.

The Mexican Foreign Ministry made the announcement without immediately providing further details.

Guzman, who was recaptured a year ago after having escaped from a Mexican prison in July 2015, is wanted in the United States for trafficking heroin, cocaine and other drugs across the border, among other crimes. He has been indicted in at least seven US federal courts.

Guzman has been transferred to US custody, the Associated Press reported.

"The government today handed Mr. Guzman Loera to the US authorities," the Foreign Ministry said. The transfer came after a Mexican court rejected Guzman's last bid to avoid extradition.

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman is made to face the press as he is escorted to a helicopter in handcuffs by Mexican soldiers and marines. Photo / AP
Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman is made to face the press as he is escorted to a helicopter in handcuffs by Mexican soldiers and marines. Photo / AP

Guzman, who has twice escaped from Mexican prisons, was turned over to officers of the US Drug Enforcement Administration in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, AP reported. He was then put on a plane bound for New York, one of the jurisdictions where he faces federal charges, AP said.

Guzman was transferred to a prison near Ciudad Juarez in May last year in preparation for his eventual extradition.

The transfer came on the last full day of President Barack Obama's term, but there was no immediate indication that the timing was related to tomorrow's inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

- Washington Post

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