The Sinaloa drug lord was taken to a federal holding facility in New York to face an indictment for drug trafficking and money laundering.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
January 19, 2017
New York City, New York – On Thursday, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, 62, the Sinaloa Cartel drug lord was extradited to the U.S. from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. Mexico, according to the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE). Guzmán Loera was transported by U.S. federal agents from the DEA and the U.S. Marshals Service to New York where he will face a federal judge for an indictment accusing Guzmán Loera of drug trafficking, torture, organized crime, murder and money laundering. If convicted on all counts, Guzmán Loera is facing up to life in a federal prison.
The U.S. Department of Justice says that Guzmán Loera is charged with 6 different federal indictments throughout the U.S. Guzmán Loera will be booked and processed at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, a federal prison in Manhattan, New York.
According to the Mexican federal Assistant Attorney General Alberto Elías Beltran, Guzmán Loera after completing his sentence, once convicted in the U.S., he will be deported back to Mexico where Guzmán Loera has 10 federal cases pending against him for money laundering, organized crime and drug trafficking. Beltran confirmed that Guzmán Loera was turned over to U.S. federal authorities around 3:25 p.m. at the International Airport in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, MX and immediately flown to the U.S.
Guzmán Loera was taken into custody in the city of Los Mochis in the state of Sinaloa in January 2016 by Mexican military police.
A $5M reward was offered by the U.S. and $3M by the Mexican government. The U.S. filed an extradition request for Guzmán Loera with the Mexican government. Guzmán Loera had been held at the federal Altiplano prison where he previously escaped from and in May 2016 was transferred to a prison in Juarez where he awaited for the extradition process to take its course. A Mexican federal judge on Thursday denied Guzmán Loera’s final attempt to avoid extradition to the U.S., according to Mexican authorities.