Will El Chapo be extradited to the U.S.?



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The world’s most wanted drug lord, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, was captured once again by Mexican forces Friday January 14, 2016. He was captured after a heated gun battle early in the morning in a western city in Mexico. El Chapo’s capture was the end of a manhunt that began when he tunneled out of a high security prison six months ago.

They found him in a town of Los Mochis, in Sinaloa state, same state where he grew up. This was El Chapo’s headquarters of his drug smuggling business that smuggled more cocaine and marijuana to the United States than any other did.  The shootout started after a  gunmen inside set off  the shootout that injured one of the Mexican marines, according to a military statement. President Enrique Peña Nieto wrote on Twitter, “Mission accomplished, we have him”  “I want to inform the Mexicans that Joaquín Guzmán has been captured.”

Mexico was not sure whether to keep or extradite him to the U.S. The U.S. wanted him since his first arrest in 2014.They wanted to take him to court to face previous charges. Mexican officials refused, they wanted to prosecute the most wanted criminal in their own system. They haven’t clarified that the  U.S. lent a hand to the capture of El Chapo but Mexico and the US  have been thanking their security partnership. Mexican news said Guzmán escaped and fled through a sewer but was captured at the Hotel Doux, five miles north of the house. The hotel did not want to comment and tell the news that this happened.

In related news, actor Sean Penn revealed that he had a sit down meeting with El Chapo in person in October. They started off really good and lasted for hours. While they had this meeting, El Chapo agreed for another interview. Another face to face meeting was not able to happen, but Penn interviewed him through messages and video. The person would read the message and El Chapo would reply thru video.  Mexican actress Kate Del Castillo planned the interview and El Chapo asked her to make a Movie out of his life. In the interview, El Chapo bragged about his business.  He said, “I have a fleet of submarines, airplanes, trucks and boats”. There have been conflicting reports on whether Mexican officials knew about the meeting. In October the Mexican government had him but he slipped away injured. CNN legal analyst Joey Jackson said, it does not appear Penn and del Castillo broke any laws. Mexican law officials want to question Penn and del Castillo, and especially want know where the interview took place. It is believed that the meeting with Penn might have given officials necessary leads in capturing El Chapo.