Mexico extraditing drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman to US

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's defense attorneys Michael Schneider and Michelle Gelernt speak to press outside the federal courthouse in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York, U.S. January 20, 2017.

When Guzman got off a plane in NY, "as you looked into his eyes, you could see the surprise, you could see the shock, and to a certain extent, you could see the fear, as the realization kicked in that he's about to face American justice", said Angel Melendez, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent.

After his recent escape, he became something of a folk legend for a segment of Mexico's population for his defiance of authorities. The Sinaloa Cartel is responsible for trafficking hundreds of tons of drugs throughout the U.S.

By finally bringing their case in the Eastern District of NY, prosecutors chose that city over Chicago and other jurisdictions that have long hoped to put Guzman on trial.

Guzman arrived in a small jet at Long Island's MacArthur Airport after nightfall on Thursday from a prison in Juarez in the northern state of Chihuahua, where his cartel rules. "So who is Chapo Guzman?"

When Guzman got off the plane, "as you looked into his eyes, you could see the surprise, you could see the shock, and to a certain extent, you could see the fear, as the realization kicked in that he's about to face American justice, " said Angel Melendez, who leads U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's homeland security investigations in NY. Even after his capture he still escaped from prison twice, making him even more unsafe.


Notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will stand in a USA courtroom, two decades after he was first sought by federal authorities.

Now in his late 50s, Guzman was first indicted in Southern California in the early 1990s.

"As part of the extradition process, we had to assure the Mexican government that the death penalty would not be sought", Capers said. He was immortalized in songs known as narco-corridos, ballads about the drug trade and drug bosses. Guzman has fought extradition since his recapture previous year.

Guzman is both reviled and storied among Mexicans.

Media: While on the lam after his second prison break, Guzman conducted an interview with actor Sean Penn for Rolling Stone magazine.

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