Sunday, January 10, 2016

El Chapo's Day Out

Needless to say, after Mexican marines recaptured drug cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman last week after his daring escape from a Mexican prison, the pressure to extradite him to the US is very, very strong.

Mexico aims to extradite drug lord Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman to the United States after security forces recaptured the fugitive cartel leader who blew his cover through a series of slip ups, including an attempt to make a movie about his life.

The Mexican Attorney General's office will be working as fast as possible to establish the path to extradition, and Chapo could be sent to the United States by mid-year, a source familiar with the situation said on Saturday. However the timing might depend on injunctions filed by Guzman's legal team.

Guzman, the world's top drug smuggler and boss of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel, is wanted by U.S. authorities on a host of criminal charges. His organization has smuggled billions of dollars worth of drugs into the United States and is blamed for thousands of deaths in Mexico and the United States due to addiction and gang warfare.

"The objective is to fulfill the extradition request," another source said.

Whether or not Guzman will escape again is anyone's guess.  But he made enough mistakes that even corrupt Mexican officials had an easy time finding him, and I'm betting that had lots of help from very determined US law enforcement. His biggest mistake?  Talking to Sean Penn for a Rolling Stone interview.

No, really. He did.

We'll see if Guzman ever makes it to America in 2016, I put the odds at 50/50 at best.

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