Mexico’s El Chapo Is Coming To America In Early 2017

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Mexico is trying to extradite incarcerated Sinaloa Cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to U.S. soil by January or February 2017.

Mexico’s Commissioner for National Security Renato Sales Heredia wants to extradite El Chapo, “in January or February next year,” he said on “Despierta,” a program on Televisa Friday. Despite the wishes of Sales, El Chapo’s lawyers are pledging to “fight until the end.”

A Mexican judge began to formally deliberate extradition for El Chapo Sept. 26

El Chapo is currently locked up in a Mexican prison near Ciudad Juarez, close to the Texas border. The Mexican kingpin has been in the Juarez facility since May when he was transferred there from Altiplano prison which he had called home since January and broken out of in July 2015.

“That’s not enough time,” one of El Chapo’s attorneys, Jose Refugio Rodriguez said referencing Sales’ desire to kick the drug lord out of Mexico in 2017. By pushing for his extradition in early 2017 is,”to take him out [of jail] by force,” according to Rodriguez.

Extraditing El Chapo to the U.S. has been in the works since May after Mexican officials were guaranteed that American prosecutors would not pursue a death penalty case against him.

Even though El Chapo is behind bars, his family continues to be involved in the drug business and his sons were involved in the murder of five Mexican soldiers in September.

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