Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was extradited to the United States on Thursday, Mexican officials announced.
“The government … today handed Mr. Guzman Loera to the U.S. authorities,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Mexican drug kingpin “El Chapo” Guzman in US custody and on way to New York to face trafficking, other charges. https://t.co/1EmJKampmS
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The transfer came after a Mexican court Thursday rejected Guzman’s last bid to remain in Mexican custody.
The convicted boss of the Sinaloa cartel boss, who had been fighting extradition since being recaptured after breaking out of prison in 2015, had been in a prison near the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez.
The Associated Press reported that Guzman was being flown to New York City Thursday night.
The Chicago Tribune reported that he was taken from the Mexican prison where he had been detained to El Paso, Texas, and that he took off by plane for New York on Thursday evening.
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Guzman is wanted in the United States for trafficking drugs across the border. Multiple indictments against him are pending in federal courts. Some charges against him date back to 2009.
“The government of the Republic announces that today the Fifth Appellate Criminal Court in Mexico City ruled to deny the protection of the Federal Justice system to Joaquin Guzman Loera against the agreements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on May 20, 2016, which permitted his extradition to the United States of America in order to be tried for various crimes, after finding that those agreements complied with constitutional requirements, the requirements of bilateral treaties and other legal rulings that are in effect and that his human rights were not and have not been violated by these proceedings,” Mexico’s government said in a statement.
The U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement that it “extends its gratitude to the Government of Mexico for their extensive cooperation and assistance in securing the extradition of Guzman Loera to the United States.”
Guzman had been in prison since January 2016, when he was recaptured after a 2015 escape.
Back on July 11, 2015, Guzman slipped through a hole in his shower at his prison near Mexico City and escaped through a mile-long tunnel.
Guzman had escaped from a Mexican prison once before, back in 2001, allegedly hidden in a laundry cart as he was taken past guards.
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