Extradited Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' arrives in US

Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán has been extradited to the United States where he faces prosecution on narcotics and other charges

Drug lord Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán has been held most recently in a prison near the northern border city of Ciudad Juárez
Drug lord Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán has been held most recently in a prison near the northern border city of Ciudad Juárez

Mexican drug baron Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán, one of the world's most notorious criminals, was extradited to the United States on Thursday to face charges on the eve of Donald Trump's inauguration.

Guzmán heads the Sinaloa cartel, which is accused of generating much of the deadly violence in Mexico's decades-long drug war and providing tons of narcotics to the United States.

The Mexican foreign ministry announced the extradition in a short statement on Thursday afternoon, saying Guzmán had exhausted his appeals against his extradition.

Guzmán landed at MacArthur Airport on Long Island, the US Justice Department said. US television broadcast footage of what appeared to be his convoy arriving outside a New York jail, the street outside bristling with heavily armed US Marshalls.

The announcement comes a little over a year after his recapture in a seedy motel in the city of Los Mochis.

US prosecutors said Brooklyn federal attorney Robert Capers will hold a news conference at 10:00am local time (4:00pm CET) to announce his extradition and arraignment.

Guzmán faces the possibility of life in a US prison under multiple indictments in six jurisdictions around the United States, including New York, San Diego, Chicago and Miami.

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