Mexico willing to extradite drug lord “El Chapo” to US

Mexican officials say country plans to extradite drug lord El Chapo Guzman to United States

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by soldiers during a presentation in Mexico City

Mexico is planning to extradite drug lord Joaquin Guzman Loera, better known as “El Chapo” to the United States a federal law enforcement official who refused to give his name because he is not authorised to be quoted said on Saturday.

“Mexico is ready. There are plans to cooperate with the US.” said the official.

Earlier in the day, top officials in the party of President Enrique Pena Nieto also floated the idea of extradition, which they had flatly ruled out before Guzman's embarrassing escape from Mexico's top maximum security prison on July 11 — his second escape from a Mexican prison.

"He has a lot of outstanding debts to pay in Mexico, but if it's necessary, he can pay them in other places," said Manlio Fabio Beltrones, president of Pena Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party.

Fugitive drug lord El Chapo has been captured seven months after he escaped via tunnel from Mexico's highest-security prison on July 2015.

TRTWorld, AP