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Mexico approves extradition to US of drug lord El Chapo IF HE won’t face death penalty

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By Dan Bart | May 20, 2016 11:02 pm

Mexico has approved the extradition of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to the US after receiving guarantees he would not face the death penalty. “El Chapo” faces narcotics and murder charges in the US.

Mike Vigil, a former US Drug Enforcement Administration chief of international operations, said Mexican officials told him that it is currently costing the Government $US100,000 ($138,550) per week to keep the drug lord in prison.

Mexico approves extradition to US of drug lord El Chapo if he won't face death penalty

Mexico approves extradition to US of drug lord El Chapo if he won’t face death penalty

Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said he would face charges including drug trafficking, money laundering and murder in US federal courts in California and Texas. Mexican authorities say they tracked Guzman down after he sought to make a movie about his life and met with Mexican actress Kate del Castillo and Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn, who published an interview with the drug boss in Rolling Stone.
After his latest capture, authorities returned him to the same Altiplano prison where he had pulled off his brazen tunnel escape. They said they had reinforced the prison’s security.
Guzman’s legal team has a month to appeal against the decision before it is carried out.

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