A defiant Guzmán during his capture in January. A defiant Guzmán during his recapture.

‘El Chapo’ Guzmán extradited to US

Former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel has been handed over to US authorities

“El Chapo” Guzmán, one of Mexico’s most famous drug lords, is on his way to face criminal charges in the United States, the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs has announced.


Joaquín Guzmán, former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, was removed from his cell at a federal prison in Ciudad Juárez this afternoon in preparation for extradition to the U.S.

A statement released by the Foreign Affairs Secretariat said a court decided today to reject a request for an amparo, or legal protection, against extradition.

“. . . today, the government of the republic handed over Mr. Guzmán to the authorities of the Unites States of America,” the statement said.

The newspaper Milenio reported that the former cartel boss had been transferred from Cefereso No. 9 in Juárez to that city’s international airport to be flown to the U.S.

CNN reported that it had been told by a U.S. official that Mexican authorities had planned to hand Guzmán over before tomorrow’s inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump.

Government officials said last fall they expected the hand-over to take place early this year. January marks the first anniversary of Guzman’s capture in Sinaloa, six months after a spectacular escape through a 1.5-kilometer tunnel from the Altiplano federal prison in the State of México.

He had been in custody since February 14 when he was arrested in Mazatlán.

In the U.S. he will face charges of money laundering, drug trafficking, kidnapping and murder.

Source: Milenio (sp), CNN (en)

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  • K. Chris C.

    Looks like the CIA is still pissed at him about something. Undercut their price?! Betrayed them?!

    At least the US tyranny didn’t invade and wipe out part of a city and an entire neighborhood to get a hold of him.

    An American citizen, not US subject.

  • Raphael Rodriguez

    mexico you made a mistake.

    • Beau

      They sure did. Run Enrique, run!!!!!

  • Pat

    He won’t like a US supermax prison AT ALL!!!

  • JG

    Can not wait until he points fingers to all the corrupt politicians and police he paid off.

  • bob

    with trump in office, chapo will probably be able to bribe his way out of prison again… north of the border

    • Rick Chesler

      Yup. he’ll offer to pay for Trump’s wall.

  • Mrs. Smith

    He will think he’s at the Hilton, compared to prison in Mexico