Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, is being extradited to the United States. From the Associated Press:
Two senior U.S. officials confirmed that Guzman was on his way.
One said the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration took custody of Guzman in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, and a plane carrying him departed for New York at 5:31 p.m. Eastern time.
CNN reports charges were filed against Guzman in New York in 2009 for allegedly importing, “more than 264,000 pounds of cocaine into the United States between 1990 and 2005.” Guzman also faces charges in Arizona, California, Florida, New Hampshire and Texas.
Earlier this week Guzman was in the news when his lawyer relayed complaints that a guard at the prison where he was being held in Mexico was sexually harassing him. From the Daily Mail:
Silvia Delgado said that Guzman is ‘uncomfortable’ with the way he’s being treated and told her: ‘There is a security guard that handles me instead of only touching me’
Delgado has asked for better cell conditions for the former Sinaloa drug cartel leader in the maximum-security prison in the northern Mexico state of Chihuahua where he is currently being held.
That makes it sound as if he was looking for new accommodations, but wasn’t expecting this extradition move to America.
Guzman has escaped from jail several times in his long criminal career. In 2015 he escaped through a mile long tunnel built under his shower. He went on the run for 6 months before he was finally recaptured last January. This Vice News report actually goes inside the tunnel Guzman used in his most recent escape: