Drug Kingpin El Chapo Extradited to U.S.

El Chapo
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After being captured in Mexico last January, following months on the run, infamous drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman, aka El Chapo, has been extradited to the U.S.

Multiple reports said he was flown to New York late Thursday (Jan. 19), after the Mexican government made the decision to extradite him to save themselves further embarrassment. They stated he would serve a long prison sentence, but managed to escape.

El Chapo, 62, is the leader of the ruthless Sinaloa Cartel. He previously made two jailbreaks — the first time in 2001 by hiding in a laundry cart; and then, after being arrested in 2014 and placed in a maximum-security prison, where he was under 24-hour surveillance and in isolation, he escaped through a tunnel dug to his cell in 2015.

His extradition comes after nearly a year of appeals and legal procedures.

In the U.S., El Chapo faces a number of charges, stemming from six separate indictments — including the manufacture and distribution of various drugs, firearms-related offenses, money laundering and running an ongoing criminal enterprise.

It’s currently unclear when he will stand trial.

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