U.S. Seeks Extradition of Mexican Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’


U.S. prosecutors want drug-cartel kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to face trial in the U.S. and are now seeking to extradite Mexico’s most wanted man.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn confirmed on Sunday it is requesting Guzmán’s extradition on a variety of charges, along with a number of attorney’s offices around the country. “We plan to seek his extradition,” said Robert Nardoza, a spokesman for the attorney’s office.

Guzmán was captured in a predawn raid on Saturday by Mexican and U.S. authorities in the beach-resort town of Mazatlán in northwestern Mexico, about 135 miles (217 km) from Guzmán’s suspected base in Culiacán.

The drug lord allegedly led the powerful Sinaloa cartel, which was responsible for bloodbaths and pitched battles in Tijuana and Ciudad Juárez, eventually amassing $1 billion and making it onto Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful people.

Guzmán’s drug empire stretched across North America and even extended into Europe and Australia, so it remains unclear…

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