'El Chapo' Coming To USA Soon? Slippery Drug Lord's Extradition Approved By Mexico's Foreign Relations Department

  • by: Alan Duke

A major step in sending drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States for trial -- and presumably a more secure prison -- came Friday when Mexico's Foreign Relations Department approved the extradition request.

Guzman can delay the move with an appeal, but the transfer could be just weeks away. The United States Justice Department assured Mexican officials that they would not seek the death penalty as part of the deal to secure his transfer. Mexico's government does not use the death penalty.

Justice Department officials are tentatively planning to send Guzman to Brooklyn, New York, to face trial on drug-trafficking charges if he is extradited from Mexico, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

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  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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