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Mexican drug lord "Chapo" Guzman may be extradited, judge rules; he faces mortal danger in Juarez prison
By The Digie Zone staff
May 10, 2016
EL PASO, TEXAS -- The reign of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman who oversaw a global drug-trafficking empire based in Mexico may come to an end one way or another.
Ex-DEA official Phil Jordan says his sources indicated to him that Guzman is headed to New York, where he faces drug-trafficking and conspiracy charges. Guzman has federal indictments pending in U.S. district courts in several states, including in Texas, New York, California and Ilinois.
On May 9, Mexican federal judicial officials announced a ruling that Guzman may be extradited to the United States in connection with the U.S. indictment against him in Southern California.
Guzman's lawyers are appealing the decision by the court in Mexico City.
However, according to another DEA-connected source, the federal prison in Juarez, Mexico, that Guzman was transferred to is allegedly controlled by the Juarez (Carrillo-Fuentes) drug cartel, and that also means Guzman is in danger of being killed while in custody.
"I really and very seriously suspect that "El Chapo" has been transferred to Juarez, a minimum security prison run by the Juarez drug cartel to be murdered there," said Hector Berrellez, a former Drug Enforcement Administration official alleged.
Guzman's lawyers have stated that in recent months that Guzman was working out the terms of his extradition to the United States.
Assuming he will be extradited soon, Guzman's transfer to the U.S. side of the border could take place by officials walking or driving him across one of the international bridges in El Paso, or he could be flown directly to the United States.
The man that Forbes once named one of the richest and most powerful men in the world has resigned to his fate in a U.S. prison for most of the rest of his life, unless a worse fate awaits him on Mexican soil.
Guzman has been the face of the Sinaloa-based drug cartel for several years, although drug investigators say the criminal organization he led will continue to operate under relatives and other associates.
Guzman's cartel went to war against the Carrillo-Fuentes drug-trafficking organization in 2007, a rivalry which led to thousands of murders in Juarez, Chihuahua, during President Felipe Calderon's administration. A lower-intensity battle continues to this day.
According to U.S. drug investigators, the Carrillo-Fuentes cartel has been entrenched in the business, political and criminal life of Chihuahua state since the days of Amado Carrillo Fuentes, who reportedly died in Mexico City in 1997, following a botched plastic surgery to alter his appearance. The cartel's reach and corruption extends to El Paso, Texas, and New Mexico, according to organized crime and drug-trafficking investigators.
Link to court ruling:
Here is the May 9, 2016 court ruling announcement (in Spanish):
"NOTA INFORMATIVA CASO:
Juzgado federal emite opinión favorable respecto a la extradición internacional de Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera
ASUNTO: El Juzgado Tercero de Distrito de Procesos Penales Federales en la Ciudad de México informa, en el procedimiento de extradición 3/2001, que emitió la opinión jurídica a que se refiere el artículo 27 de la Ley de Extradición Internacional, en la que se consideró procedente la extradición internacional Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, requerido por el Gobierno de los Estados Unidos de América, a través de su Embajada en México, por estar sujeto al Cuarto Proceso Superveniente CR 95-0973-B (también referido con los números de causa 95-973-B, 95-0973-B y 95-1911M), ante la Corte Federal de Distrito para el Distrito Sur de California, Estados Unidos de América, por el cargo de Asociación delictuosa para importar y poseer con la intención de distribuir cocaína; lo anterior, en virtud de considerarse cumplidos los requisitos establecidos en el Tratado de Extradición celebrado entre los Estados Unidos Mexicanos y los Estados Unidos de América."