Its Official, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been Extradited to America…and he’s coming straight to Brooklyn!
kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who became a legend in Mexico through his prison escapes and years of staying just ahead of local cops and US Federal agents has been was extradited and transported to the United States on January 19th 2017
Mexican authorities planned to turn over Guzman, head of the Sinaloa cartel, before Friday’s inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, a US official shared with the media. A Mexican court on denied Guzman’s appeal of the extradition.
The US Justice Department confirmed the announcement Guzman’s initial appearance are forthcoming. He faces six separate indictments.
Cartel Boss will stand trial in Brooklyn New York. Guzman was picked up by a team from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and US marshals. They will take him to New York. He is expected to stand trial in Brooklyn, no date was given.
“The Justice Department extends its gratitude to the Government of Mexico for their extensive cooperation and assistance in securing the extradition of Guzman Loera to the United States,” it said in a statement, Guzman and other cartel leaders were indicted in 2009 in US District Court in Brooklyn on charges of conspiring to import more than 264,000 pounds of cocaine into the United States between 1990 and 2005. The alleged traffickers are accused of sharing drug transportation routes and obtaining their drugs from various Colombian drug organizations.
“EL Chapo” Guzman also faces charges in Arizona, California, Texas, Illinois, New York, Florida and New Hampshire.
Mexico’s Foreign Ministry has said it had received assurances that if convicted Guzman would not receive the death penalty. Mexico opposes death sentences. For years, the notorious cartel leader has been staying ahead of the law. He is known for using a maze of secret underground tunnels for both evading authorities and moving the massive quantities of drugs that made the Sinaloa Cartel very powerful and dangerous.
Guzman’s recapture in January 2016, after many months as a fugitive represented a major success in what has been an embarrassing ordeal for Mexico. For many, “El Chapo” has become a symbol of the Mexican government’s corruption.
Guzman, also escaped In 2001 and again in 2015 by crawling through an opening in the shower area of his cell block leading to a nearly mile-long tunnel. In August, Guzman’s son was kidnapped from a Puerto Vallarta restaurant, in what was perceived as an attempt to exploit the cartel’s vulnerability. He was later freed.
“El Chapo” is aware that drug trafficking won’t end once he’s gone. “The day I don’t exist, it’s not going to decrease in any way at all,” he told actor Sean Penn in an interview in October 2015.