El Chapo extradicted to US

Notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is being extradited to the US, the Mexican government confirmed on Thursday.

Mexican media reported he was at Ciudad Juarez airport

Mr Guzman is wanted in the US on charges of smuggling vast amounts of drugs into the country.

The leader of the Sinaloa cartel was facing two extradition requests - one from California and another from Texas, where he could face the death penalty.

A Mexican government source told Reuters he was being taken to New York.

Last year he was moved to a prison in Ciudad Juarez, which lies just across the border from El Paso in Texas, but authorities at the time denied the move was a precursor to extradition.

Mr Guzman has been fighting the move but his appeals were rejected.

He has escaped from two Mexican high-security jails in the past.
I think it is unlikely that Guzman will be deported in the near future.  The timing is interesting considering Trump's pledge to stop illegal immigration.


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