The Mexican government on Friday announced that it has approved the extradition of Sinaloa cartel chief Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. The initial request was made by the US government last year.
According to the Mexican Foreign Ministry’s announcement, Guzmán was notified that Mexico had agreed to the request. He will be processed by the federal district court for western Texas on charges of criminal association, organized crime, weapons possession, homicide, and money laundering.
He is also facing charges that he led a conspiracy to import and distribute cocaine in the federal district court for the Southern District of California.
Guzmán will not face the death penalty per a condition of the US-Mexico extradition agreement.
Guzmán’s defense team now has 30 days to file an injunction against extradition. They have already said they plan to file the necessary paperwork to keep the cartel leader in Mexico.
It could take months for Guzmán, who is currently jailed in a Mexican federal prison to actually arrive in Texas.
Along with California and Texas, five other US courts, including district courts in New York and Florida, also want to charge Guzmán.