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Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman will soon be extradited to the United States

By Angel0417 / 2016.09.16
Photo of notices published in newspapers offering 60 million Mexican pesos (3.8 USD approximately) reward to anyone with information leading to the recapture of Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Loera in Mexico City on July 16, 2015.

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's extradition to the United States is being studied and will be deliberated on Sept. 26. A Mexican judge is considering transferring the famous drug lord to the US custody.

Mexico's foreign ministry granted two extradition requests for Guzman to deal with the cocaine smuggling charged by California and several charges in Texas involving murder. He was set to be transferred in May after the US made certain that he will not face a death penalty. But in June, the extradition was held back after Guzman's attorneys filed appeals, BBC reported.

According to his lawyers, the process of extraditing Guzman to the US could take months or even years to consummate. However, US authorities anticipate the drug lord's transfer to proceed faster.

"We are still on track for him to be extradited before the end of the year," the official said on condition of anonymity to be able to speak freely about the case.

In case the judge declines Guzman's legal petition, his attorneys will have ten days to file an appeal. Guzman's lawyer, Jose Refugio Rodriguez stated that he was advised his client to appeal to the Supreme Court if needed be.

Joaquin Guzman, the world's most wanted-drug trafficker, second left, is escorted by Mexican security forces at a Navy hangar in Mexico City, Mexico, on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016.
(Photo : Getty Images/Susana Gonzalez) Joaquin Guzman, the world's most wanted-drug trafficker, second left, is escorted by Mexican security forces at a Navy hangar in Mexico City, Mexico, on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016.

Going back, "El Chapo" gets arrested in January which is six months after he daringly escaped his prison cell and flees through a 1.5-kilometer man-made tunnel. The great escape of the most wanted drug kingpin dishonored the Mexican government particularly President Enrique Pena Nieto, as reported by NDTV.

The Mexican president contested Guzman's extradition before he got away on July 15 with a preference to litigate him in the country. With the turn of the events, the president instructed the attorney general to instead speed up Guzman's extradition after getting captured in January. 

Meanwhile, it was reported that Guzman's son Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar was abducted along with other five people on Aug. 15 in a restaurant in the Pacific resort of Puerto Vallarta. They were freed after five days after an agreed negotiation. It was believed that din son was kidnapped by Jalisco New Generation, a rival drug cartel.

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