Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' to appear in
New York court on Friday
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[January 20, 2017]
By Nate Raymond
NEW YORK CITY (Reuters) - Mexican cartel
kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is expected to appear in a court in
New York on Friday, shortly after his surprise extradition from Mexico
ended a decades-long career in drug-trafficking, dare-devil jail breaks
A Justice Department spokesman said El Chapo, or Shorty, once one of the
world's most wanted drug lords, was set to appear for an arraignment at
the federal court in Brooklyn.
Guzman, 59, arrived in a small jet at Long Island's MacArthur Airport
after nightfall Thursday, from a prison in the city of Juarez in the
northern state of Chihuahua, where his Sinaloa cartel crushed the rival
A few hours earlier, he was bundled out of the Mexican cell block with
his hands cuffed above his bowed head, Mexican television footage
The drug lord is charged in six separate indictments throughout the
United States. He is accused of money laundering and drug trafficking,
kidnapping and murder in cities including Chicago, Miami and New York.
Mexico's court authority said he would be tried in California and Texas,
raising the prospect he will appear in courts in the border towns of San
Diego and El Paso, which have indictments against him.
Robert Capers, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, will
hold a press conference in Brooklyn about the case at 10:00 AM local
El Chapo was captured a year ago, six months after he fled a
high-security penitentiary in central Mexico through a mile-long tunnel,
his second dramatic prison escape.
Leading the Sinaloa cartel, he oversaw perhaps the world's largest
transnational cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine smuggling operation,
playing a key role in Mexico's decade-long drug war that has killed over
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Mexico's top drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted as he
arrives at Long Island MacArthur airport in New York, U.S., January
19, 2017, after his extradition from Mexico. U.S. officials/Handout
The extradition came on the eve of Donald Trump's swearing-in as
president, a coincidence that some officials saw as an olive branch
to the real estate mogul who said he would kick Guzman's "ass" on
The Mexican Attorney General's office rejected claims the move was
related to Trump's inauguration, noting that El Chapo faces 10
pending cases in Mexico following his U.S. sentence.
Trump's election sent Mexico's peso to record lows. He has
threatened to tax Mexican-made products for the U.S market, build a
wall along the border and scrap a free trade agreement with Mexico
if he cannot renegotiate it to favor American interests.
One of Guzman's lawyers said he was surprised at the extradition and
said four appeals were outstanding against it.
(Writing by Alexandra Alper; Editing by Richard Borsuk)
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