El Chapo Being Extradited to US

Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is expected to appear in a court in NY on Friday, a day after his surprise extradition from Mexico ended a decades-long criminal career that included daredevil prison breaks and murder.

Drug cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been extradited by Mexican authorities to the United States, according to the Associated Press.

A USA official told NBC News that Guzman was being flown to the NY by Mexican authorities.

The convicted leader of the Sinaloa Cartel held most recently in a Mexican prison was recaptured a year ago after making a second brazen jailbreak.

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US officials say they didn't learn until Thursday that Mexico was extraditing drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

USA officials have long wanted Guzman to be extradited to America.

As a result, El Chapo arrived at the Long Island McArthur Airport Thursday night and reports stated he might spend time in Metropolitan Detention Center, known for its "unconscionable" conditions. He could face life in prison in the United States.

S. but the indictment "filed in the Eastern District of NY contains a provision that he must first enter the United States in that district to preserve the Eastern District of NY indictment", the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement.

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For many, "El Chapo" is a symbol of the Mexican government's corruption. "We are deeply grateful to the Government of Mexico for their assistance in securing Guzman Loera's extradition". His extradition came on President Obama's last full day in office. The Brooklyn Bridge will be closed while the drug lord is being transported to court.

Guzman landed in NY late on Thursday to face federal narcotics trafficking and other charges. The encounter was the subject of a lengthy article Penn published in Rolling Stone magazine last January, right after Mexican marines re-arrested Guzman in the western state of Sinaloa.

A criminal complaint filed this morning chronicles how he led the Sinaloa Cartel, gaining power through "cash bribes" paid to officials "at every level of local, municipal, state, national and foreign" governments. Guzman has fought extradition since his recapture a year ago. "And I assure you, no tunnel will be built leading to his bathroom".

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