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El Chapo Transferred To Mexican Prison Near US Border

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JP Carroll National Security & Foreign Affairs Reporter

Sinaloa Cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was moved from Mexico’s Altiplano Prison, where he escaped from in July 2015, to a facility close to the U.S. border Saturday.

Even though El Chapo already managed to flee Altiplano Prison once before, Mexican authorities locked him up in the same prison when he was recaptured in January. The cartel boss has whined incessantly about how he is being treated in the prison and wants to be transferred to the U.S.

Kingpin El Chapo is now at a prison in Ciudad Juarez, a major Mexican city very close to the Texas city of El Paso. The drug lord’s lawyer, Juan Pablo Badillo, told Reuters that despite the change in incarceration, “At this moment, he can’t be extradited.”

Despite the lawyer’s statement to Reuters, “a senior Mexican security official said Guzman should be extradited before July and would probably be housed initially in the U.S. prison in Marion, Illinois, pending trial,” according to a senior Mexican official who spoke anonymously to the outlet. “I think they’ll do it in the first half of this year.”

El Chapo Previously managed a daring escape through the floor of his prison shower in 2015. Once he managed to get beneath the shower, the drug lord traveled through an almost mile-long underground tunnel to freedom.

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