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Report: Mexican drug lord Chapo Guzman to be extradited to Brooklyn in June

May 11, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Report: Mexican drug lord Chapo Guzman to be extradited to Brooklyn in June

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The world’s most infamous drug kingpin will be shipped to Brooklyn, New York, The New York Post, reported on Monday.

Law enforcement sources told the newspaper that Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the leader of the powerful Sinaloa Federation Cartel will likely be turned over to U.S. authorities next month and shipped to New York’s Federal Eastern District Court in Brooklyn.

Until last week, Guzmán had been held at the Altiplano maximum security prison since his apprehension back in January, after escaping from the same prison through a 1.5-mile long, elaborate tunnel dug underneath the shower stall of his cell.

However, in a sudden move, authorities in Mexico transferred El Chapo over the weekend to a high-security prison located in the border city of Ciudad-Juarez, situated just across from El Paso, Texas.

Authorities cited security protocols due to a power outage at the Altiplano as the reason for the change in detention facilities amid mounting speculation over the drug lord’s possible extradition.

On Monday, Mexican officials confirmed a ruling by a federal judge approving Guzman’s transfer to the United States, where he faces indictments for drug trafficking, racketeering, murder, kidnapping and weapons violations in seven different jurisdictions.

“The word is he will more than likely to be extradited [to Brooklyn], the transfer will take place in June,” the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity told the New York Post.

A Brooklyn federal grand jury indicted Guzman back in 2014 for drug-related crimes he committed as the boss of the violent Sinaloa Federation Cartel, which U.S. law enforcement officials have identified as the largest and most powerful drug-trafficking organization in the world.

U.S. prosecutors further accuse Guzman in the indictment of ordering teams of hit men known as sicarios, who have committed countless acts of violence including hundreds if not thousands of murders, assassinations, kidnappings, and tortures on command.

The drug kingpin also faces similar charges in San Diego, Miami, Texas, Chicago, New Hampshire and
new York’s Southern District Court in Manhattan.

Meanwhile, Juan Pablo Badillo, the attorney heading the drug lord’s legal team has filed a new injunction in the 6th District Court in Chihuahua, aimed at preventing his pending extradition to the U.S.

“Extraditing him would be a violation of his human rights,” Badillo told Reuters.

The Mexican Attorney General’s Office and US Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn have declined to comment on the recent speculation.

The diminutive drug lord spent 13 years on the run after he first escaped from a maximum security prison in Jalisco in 2001.

Authorities recaptured Guzman in 2014, only for him to escape again, this time through the elaborate tunnel. Mexican Marines apprehended El Chapo for the second time on Jan 8 during a daring predawn operation in the seaside town of Los Mochis.

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