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Federal Official: “El Chapo” Guzman will be extradited in January or February 2017

October 14, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Federal Official: “El Chapo” Guzman will be extradited in January or February 2017

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Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman will be extradited to the United States by the beginning of 2017, a top government official has revealed.

Guzman is currently sitting in a maximum security prison near Ciudad Juarez, located just across the border from El Paso, Texas under round the clock heavy security awaiting a decision on an appeal by a federal judge, who will determine if the extradition of the drug kingpin will move forward.

According to Proceso, National Security Commissioner, Renato Sales said with the utmost confidence the drug kingpin would be extradited early next year during an interview with an early morning broadcast show in Mexico on Friday.

“Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman will be extradited to the United States in January or February next year,” Sales told Mexican television host Carlos Loret de Mola.

Back in February, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs approved Guzman’s extradition.

Guzman’s legal team has since filed several appeals aimed at preventing El Chapo’s transfer to the United States where he is wanted for multiple criminal indictments in several jurisdictions including Texas, California, Illinois, Washington D.C., Miami, Manhattan, and in Brooklyn, New York, his likely destination.

The federal official also dismissed claims of torture put forth by El Chapo’s legal team and his wife.

“He has the right to speak to his lawyers, and have visits from his family,” Sales stated, but he ruled out with confidence any possibility of a third prison escape.

Sales was also asked whether Guzman still maintains control over his Sinaloa Cartel from behind bars, which he replied: “He absolutely does not operate anything from prison, he’s not in a hotel.”

With speculation mounting over Guzman’s extradition, his attorney has once again floated the possibility of cutting a deal with U.S. prosecutors.

In an interview with El Universal, Jose Refugio Rodriguez, the attorney for “El Chapo” Guzman said his client would consent to his extradition and accept culpability for the criminal offenses filed against him in the U.S. in return for provisions ensuring the kingpin not be held in a maximum security facility, referring to the supermax prison in Florence, Colorado where he would be deprived of seeing sunlight or would not have contact with other inmates.

“Mr. Guzman suggested to me the possible option of reaching an agreement with the United States government to consent to the extradition if provisions were met,” Rodriguez said, adding, “our job is to ensure he spends the least amount of time in prison as possible.”

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