Drug Kingpin El Chapo Extradited from Mexico to US

Mexico agreed to the transfer last year under the condition that Guzman wouldn’t receive the death penalty.

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Jan 20 2017, 10:18am

Notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán has been extradited to the United States, Mexico's government said Thursday evening, less than a day before Donald Trump's presidential inauguration.

Mexico agreed to the transfer last year under the condition that Guzman wouldn't receive the death penalty. He faces numerous charges including drug trafficking, murder, and money laundering in states throughout the US.

The leader of Mexico's Sinaloa cartel became a worldwide phenomenon over the course of the past two decades thanks in part to a series of elaborate escapes from maximum security prisons.

He had been held in the border city of Ciudad Juarez.

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