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Mexico begins 'EL Chapo' drugs lord extradition process

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By Euronews
Mexico begins 'EL Chapo' drugs lord extradition process

Mexico has started formal extradition proceedings against the captured drug lord Joaquin Guzmán, known as El Chapo – in the strongest sign it intends to send him to the US.

The infamous boss of the Sinaloa drug cartel and the world’s most prominent trafficker was re-arrested in northwestern Mexico on Friday, following a manhunt of several months.

He was held two years ago but escaped from prison last July.

Mexico regularly extradites drugs barons but has resisted handing over Guzmán as a point of national pride.

A story published in Rolling Stone magazine may have indirectly led to his arrest, according to reports.

Hollywood star Sean Penn who met Guzmán a jungle hideout wrote in the article that he was sure US and Mexican authorities were tracking him.

The film star said the drugs lord had been interested in a film of his life.