Friday 24 November 2017

Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman extradited to US

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted to a helicopter by Mexican soldiers and marines in Mexico City in January 2016, as he was extradited to the US (AP/Eduardo Verdugo, File)

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, Mexico's most notorious cartel kingpin, has been extradited to the United States to face drug trafficking and other charges.

Mexico's Foreign Relations Department announced Guzman was handed over to US authorities for transportation to the US on Thursday, the last day of President Barack Obama's administration and a day before Donald Trump is to be inaugurated.

Two senior US officials confirmed that Guzman - who twice made brazen prison escapes and spent years on the run as the country's most wanted man - was on his way.

One said the US Drug Enforcement Administration took custody of Guzman in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, and a plane carrying him departed for New York at 5.31pm local time.

New York is one of several US jurisdictions where Guzman faces charges.

The convicted Sinaloa cartel boss has been held most recently in a prison near Ciudad Juarez.

He was recaptured a year ago after escaping from a second maximum-security prison through a tunnel dug to his cell. He had fought extradition since then.

Press Association

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