The Mexican government handed over Sinaloa cartel Kingpin, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, over to the United States. The extradition happened on Thursday morning. Guzman is one of the most powerful cartel bosses, not only in Mexico but in the world. The Mexican Supreme Court has dismissed all appeals from Guzman’s lawyers to halt his extradition. According to a reliable source from the court, the judges have decided not to hear the appeal. Instead, they passed it on to a different panel of judges for a ruling. Guzman’s legal team plans to make an appeal to the regional human rights court upon seeing the decision of the court.
A few hours after they made that decision, the Mexican government announced Guzman’s extradition to the U.S. The Mexican Foreign Ministry said that the government decided to deliver Guzman to the authorities of the United States of America, reports Business Insider. The US Justice Department added that Guzman, known as El Chapo and many other aliases, got extradited and delivered to the United States to face criminal charges in connection to his leadership of the Sinaloa Cartel.
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Guzman also faces charges ranging from homicide to drug trafficking, and money laundering, reports Bloomberg. He has also escaped from a maximum-security Altiplano prison back in 2015 in Mexico. Thus, embarrassing the Pena Nieto government of this stunt. He was, however, recaptured after a 6-month search, last year.
El Chapo’s extradition has no effect on the Sinaloa cartel
Mike Vigil, retired head of international operations for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, confessed that the extradition of Guzman shows a great moral victory and shows the level of support between the U.S. and Mexico. But, his extradition will have little or no effect on the Sinaloa cartel. It is now run by a new leader, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada. Mexico has raged war against these drug cartels for more than a decade now. As a result, more than 150,000 people have already died since the war began. 26,000 more are missing, too, according to the United Nations.
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