Thursday, 19 January 2017

Drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman extradited from Mexico to US

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Notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is being extradited to the US, the Mexican government confirmed on Thursday.

Mexican media reported he was at Ciudad Juarez airport

Mr Guzman is wanted in the US on charges of smuggling vast amounts of drugs into the country.

The leader of the Sinaloa cartel was facing two extradition requests - one from California and another from Texas, where he could face the death penalty.

A Mexican government source told Reuters he was being taken to New York.

Last year he was moved to a prison in Ciudad Juarez, which lies just across the border from El Paso in Texas, but authorities at the time denied the move was a precursor to extradition.

Mr Guzman has been fighting the move but his appeals were rejected.

He has escaped from two Mexican high-security jails in the past.
Guzman timeline

February 2014: Recapture after 13 years on the run following "laundry basket" escape from Puente Grande maximum-security prison

July 2015: Escape via tunnel from Altiplano prison

2 October 2015: Interviewed by US actor Sean Penn in Durango state jungle hideout, and then by phone and video

17 October: Mexican officials announce they almost caught him in neighbouring Sinaloa state

January 2016: Recaptured in Los Mochis, Sinaloa state

May 2016: Mexican judge clears extradition to US

October 2016: Mexican judge rejects appeal

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