Mexican drug lord El Chapo’s recapture marks start of extradition process

Mexican forces escorted notorious drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman out of an armored vehicle and into a helicopter late Friday night following his arrest after months on the run. Mexican authorities announced that “El Chapo” Guzman will face hearings to be extradited to the United States, as his lawyer vowed a tough legal battle.

‘El Chapo’ has already escaped from Mexican prison twice, this third opportunity to bring him to justice cannot be squandered,” said US senator and Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio.

Mexican security forces trying to capture notorious drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in Sinaloa encountered heavy gunfire that led to the deaths of various suspects, the attorney general said.

The recapture of country’s most notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman marks the start of proceedings for his extradition to the US, the Attorney General’s Office of Mexico has indicated.

“With the recapture of Guzman, the respective extradition proceedings should begin,” Xinhua quoted the Attorney General’s Office as saying in a statement.

Guzman was apprehended in a raid in Los Mochis, a city in his home state of Sinaloa, on early Friday, six months after his embarrassing second prison break from a maximum security facility with inside help.

Guzman, known as “El Chapo” or Shorty, is believed to have control over as much as half of the illicit drugs delivered into the US anually. He is wanted in the US on a string of charges including drug trafficking.

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