‘El Chapo’ Extradited to U.S. for Trial

An image of Mexican drug cartel leader El Chapo being escorted off of the plane that brought him to New York to face criminal charges.

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was extradited to the United States on Thursday according to an official press release by the Department of Justice. Guzman will face criminal charges relating to his leadership of the Mexican drug cartel known as the Sinaloa Cartel. The cartel leader arrived in New York Thursday evening. He is expected to appear in a Brooklyn court on Friday.

The Mexican government allowed the extradition on the condition that the death penalty would not be imposed in Guzman’s case by the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Justice said Guzman will face charges in six separate indictments throughout the U.S. relating to his leadership of the Sinaloa Cartel.

The drug kingpin will be prosecuted in New York’s Eastern District. An indictment in said district accuses Guzman of leading a trafficking cartel employing thousands of individuals and generating billions of dollars in profits sent to Mexico.

The indictment goes on to accuse Guzman and other cartel members of hiring hit men who performed assassinations, kidnappings, and torture.

Guzman faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted as charged.

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