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Mexico Extradites Drug Kingpin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman to U.S.

  • Nation hands over Sinaloa cartel figure captured one year ago
  • Move comes as nation prepares for Donald Trump administration
Joaquin Guzman.

Joaquin Guzman.

Photographer: Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg
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Mexico extradited alleged drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the U.S. on Thursday, fulfilling a longstanding request of the American government as President Enrique Pena Nieto’s administration prepares for the inauguration of Donald Trump.

The announcement of Guzman’s transfer came less than an hour after the Pena Nieto administration said that Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray and Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo will travel to Washington next week to meet with Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, and advisers including Jared Kushner and incoming National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. The talks on Wednesday and Thursday will highlight the trade, migration and security relationship, the Foreign Ministry said.