Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman can be extradited to the US to face federal charges, according to a judge in Mexico.
A source at the foreign ministry tells Reuters that the extradition isn’t likely to occur for weeks. Guzman must still slowly move his way through legal proceedings before the extradition can occur.
Since January there have been numerous indictments filed against the Mexican drug lord by court’s in various states.
Six states want to bring Guzman to justice, including New York, California, and Florida.
The US court in Brooklyn, New York, has emerged as the likely venue for a trial.
“The Brooklyn venue offers advantages because a federal detention center that is part of the court complex offers the appropriate level of security, according to the officials,” CNN reported over the weekend.
Officials in Brooklyn have charged Guzman with importing 264,000 pounds of cocaine between 1990 and 2005. according to the US Justice Department.
Guzman’s legal team is still fighting the extradition charges. They have said they would be willing to move Guzman voluntarily if US officials promised to place him in a prison that would allow for guests to visit.
This week Guzman was moved to a prison just miles from the US border. Guzman was transferred from the same jail that he broke out of in July 2015.
Officials say the transfer was required because of ongoing renovations at the prison where Guzmán was being held.
No further details about Guzman’s transfer and extradition are available at this time.