Mexican drug lord "El Chapo" extradited to the US
Mexico has extradited the notorious drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the US. Guzman has been transported to New York and is expected to appear in a US federal court on Friday. He could face life in prison on murder and drug trafficking charges. Mexican courts had rejected his appeals against extradition. Guzman twice broke out of Mexican maximum security prisons.
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is one of the biggest drug lords and is infamous for his mastery at making "secret tunnels from his assorted mountain hide-outs and urban safe houses." Guzman heads the Sinaloa cartel, the most powerful drug-trafficking organization in the world. The Sinaloa cartel is known for being marijuana, cocaine and heroin's largest broker, transporting it into Europe, Australia and United States.
In 2012, Forbes estimated El Chapo Guzman's (nicknamed 'shorty' because of his height) net worth at $1 billion. But he was later dropped from the list because his money was 'sketchy'.
Guzman was first captured in 1993 in Guatemala. He was later extradited and sentenced for 20 years on drug-trafficking-related charges. He escaped in 2001 in a laundry cart; there are many versions of the escape. He was allegedly helped by prison guards, who were later convicted. He was captured on 22 February 2014 in a resort in the city of Mazatlan, in the Pacific.
Mexico's Sinloa cartel chief, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman escaped a maximum-security Altiplano federal prison after he stepped into a shower and then escaped through a tunnel. The tunnel he escaped from was a mile long, stretching from the prison to a half-built house. The prison guard found a 2 ft-wide hole in the bathroom floor and a ladder which led 32 ft down.
Mexico mounted an all-out manhunt to search for Guzman. All roads were being patrolled by federal police and flights were cancelled at the Toluca airport. 18 employees from different facilities of the Altiplano prison have been taken in for questioning. Guatemala's Interior Ministry appointed a special task force of soldiers and police to watch the borders.
The United States of America has reacted with outrage and disbelief at the escape of the infamous drug lord from a high security prison. This escape has reiterated America's ongoing demand for the captured kingpin's extradition to the U.S. as promptly as possible. However, most American officials said that the escape had not come as a surprise given the reputation of Mexican prisons.
Mexican authorities stated that they arrested the top money launderer of the Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman, known as "El Chapo". Juan Manuel Alvarez Inzunza, also known as "King Midas", was arrested while on a holiday in Oaxaca in southern Mexico. Mr Inzunza is suspected of laundering $300-400 million a year for the Sinaloa cartel through a network of companies and currency exchange centres.
Mexico has transferred the convicted drug lord, Joaquin Guzman, to a prison close to the border with the US. According to officials, he was taken to a prison near Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso in Texas, as part of a normal rotation of prisoners for security reasons. Officials added that Guzman's transfer to Ciudad Juarez was not a precursor to extradition.
A federal judge in Mexico has ruled that drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman can be extradited to the US. According to Mexican law, the Mexican foreign ministry now has 30 days to decide whether or not to approve the extradition. Sources said Guzman's lawyers have already appealed against the judge's ruling. Mexican authorities refused to comment on the matter.
A soldier posted outside the prison, where notorious drug lord El Chapo is being held was found dead. The soldier, Jorge Mauricio Melendez Herrera, who was in the prison's first ring of security, was found dead with multiple stab wounds and injuries to the neck. El Chapo is notorious for having broken out of maximum security prisons twice in the past.
A judge in Mexico has halted the extradition of Mexican drug lord El Chapo to the United States, after his lawyers filed appeals. The ruling means that it could be several months or years before he could be extradited to the US. Guzman, who is notorious for sensational prison breaks is currently being held in a maximum security prison along the US-Mexico border.
A top Mexican security official said drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is expected to be extradited to the US "in January or February." Guzman's lawyer insists there are many appeals pending against any extradition decision and this could delay his transfer to the US. Guzman is facing multiple charges in the US, including drug trafficking and murder.