Mexico is aiming to send former world’s most wanted El Chapo Guzman to face charges in the U.S.
It could happened as early as January of 2017, just call it a late Christmas present from Mexico to the United States.
Mexico is hoping to extradite imprisoned drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman to the America early next year, the country’s national commissioner of security said Friday.
‘We hope (to do it) in January or February,’ Renato Sales Heredia told the TV channel Televisa when asked when Guzman, the head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, could be brought to the United States.
The kingpin is facing charges ranging from murder to drug distribution in U.S. courts.
Guzman’s lawyer Jose Refugio Rodriguez said: ‘He can have his own personal opinion. I think it will be very difficult for it to happen between now and January.’
Guzman was captured in February 2014 after 13 years on the run, but he escaped a year later from the Altiplano maximum-security prison near Mexico City through a mile-long tunnel, humiliating President Enrique Pena Nieto.
After he was recaptured in January in his northwestern home state of Sinaloa, he was sent back to the same prison.
But he was abruptly transferred in May to another prison in Ciudad Juarez, a city bordering Texas once known for its cartel turf wars.
Pena Nieto had balked at extraditing Guzman before his escape in July 2015, preferring to put him on trial in Mexico.
But after he was recaptured, the president ordered the attorney general’s office to speed up the extradition process.
Guzman’s extradition would set up a major trial in the United States for a man whose cartel has been accused of murdering countless people in Mexico while providing tons of cocaine and other drugs to users in the United States.