Mexico has initiated extradition proceedings to the United States the drug trafficker Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who was one of the most wanted men on the planet before being recaptured Friday.
Guzman was hunted since his escape from prison last summer. He was recaptured after a shootout that killed five of his men. A Mexican soldier was wounded.
Guzman fled into the sewers, but the police then intercepted his vehicle on the highway.
Officials have warned that the extradition process may stretch over several months, since lawyers Guzman will use all possible tricks to keep their client in Mexico – where he has already escaped twice from prisons maximum security.
The extradition process will take at least a year, but could last up to four or six years if his lawyers use all remedies, even said Monday the prosecutor’s office in Mexico City. “I estimate that the process could last at least a year”, said on Radio Formula radio José Manuel Merino Madrid, director of international relations of the Procuracy.
Guzman is being held in the Altiplano prison. Two representatives of the international police agency Interpol went there on Sunday to officially submit two arrest warrants issued against him and inform him that he is wanted in the United States.
Tons of Cocaine
The powerful Sinaloa cartel headed by Guzman trafficking every year tons of cocaine, marijuana and amphetamines, mainly to the United States. He is wanted in several US states and his escape in July plunged embarrass the administration of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.
The lawyer for Guzman, Juan Pablo Badillo, said he already filed six motions against his extradition.