Mexico willing to extradite 'El Chapo' to the US

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A Mexican federal law enforcement official says the country is willing to extradite recaptured drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States. (AP Photo/Marco UgarteR)

Mexico is willing to extradite drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States, a federal law enforcement official said Saturday, a sharp reversal from the official position after his last capture in 2014.

"Mexico is ready. There are plans to cooperate with the U.S.," said the Mexican official, who spoke on condition anonymity because he wasn't authorized to comment.

But he cautioned that there could be a lengthy wait before U.S. prosecutors can get their hands on Guzman, the most-wanted trafficker who was recaptured Friday after six months on the run: "You have to go through the judicial process, and the defense has its elements too."

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Officials say fugitive drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was apprehended after a shootout with Mexican marines in his home state of Sinaloa that left five people dead and one injured.

Top officials in the party of President Enrique Pena Nieto also floated the idea of extradition, which they had flatly ruled out before Guzman's embarrassing escape from Mexico's top maximum security prison on July 11 - his second from a Mexican prison.
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