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U.S. seeks extradition of Mexican cartel leader

(Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors plan to seek the extradition of Mexico's most wanted man, drug cartel kingpin Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman, to face trial in the United States after he was captured in Mexico.

Robert Nardoza, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn, said on Sunday his office would request Guzman's extradition to face a variety of charges.

Guzman, caught on Saturday in Mexico with help from U.S. security forces, had long run Mexico's infamous Sinaloa Cartel. His capture marks a major victory in the fight against drug gangs in Mexico.

It was not immediately clear whether Mexico would agree to extradite him any time soon. Sensitivities over the issue could mean he is more likely to face justice first in Mexico, where he still has an outstanding term to finish. He broke out of prison, reportedly in a laundry cart, in 2001.

US Seeks Extradition of World's Most Wanted Man

The United States had a $5 million bounty on Guzman's head. His cartel has smuggled billions of dollars worth of cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine into the United States, and fought vicious turf wars with other gangs across Mexico.

In addition to facing sealed U.S. criminal charges in Chicago and Brooklyn, Guzman was indicted in 2007 in Miami on cocaine smuggling charges, with additional charges added there last month.

He also was charged in 2012 in Texas with importing cocaine and marijuana, money laundering, firearms violations and running a criminal enterprise that included murder.

A spokesman for the Mexican attorney general's office declined to comment on the extradition request. President Enrique Pena Nieto's office could not immediately be reached for comment.

Guzman, 56, was captured in a pre-dawn raid on a seaside condominium in the northwestern tourist resort and fishing and shrimp-processing center of Mazatlan, around 135 miles from Guzman's suspected base in Culiacan.

Nearly 80,000 people have been killed in the last seven years with much of the violence in western and northern regions that have long been key smuggling routes.

Many of the victims are tortured and beheaded and their bodies dumped in a public place or in mass graves. The violence has ravaged border cities and even beach resorts such as Acapulco.

(Additional reporting by Gabriel Stargardter and Simon Gardner in Mexico City; Editing by Kieran Murray and Mohammad Zargham)

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pm0501 February 24 2014 at 12:51 AM

Some may view this as a victory against the Mexican drug cartels but guess what... it's not! Guzman probably has scores of Lieutenants with orders to carry out acts of violence against Americans who live, work and vacation in Mexico should he be caught. Just a matter of time before the kidnappings and beheadings on both sides of the border begin. There is no way the Sinaloa Cartel isn't going to retaliate for Guzman's capture. If you have plans to vacation in even some posh Mexican resort, you better think twice before making that trip. In my book, no place in Mexico is safe for Americans! STAY OUT!

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Mike pm0501 February 24 2014 at 1:38 AM

nope get the slime bag of our world

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Frank February 23 2014 at 11:21 PM

So what ?!? This means NOTHING ! His vacancy was already filled before the jail cell closed on him.

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dumasjohnj February 23 2014 at 8:43 PM

6 of his underlings or 36 of the second level underlings or 198 of the third level underlings will take over and some will fight their way to the top and so on and so on.
As long as drugs are illegal the money will be large enough to support this combined level of a cartel.
If we were to use treatment instead of prohibition the drug market would dry up to a trickle, the same way most moonshiners were priced out of business by legal alcohol.

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dumasjohnj February 23 2014 at 8:45 PM

Just like many times before a new round of violent takeouts will now commence.

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Chappy February 23 2014 at 8:55 PM

Please, Mexico, extradite him to the US and let us try him and hopefully execute his ass !

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osailordayz7 February 23 2014 at 9:13 PM

If we can;t execute him give him life sentence without chance of parole and put him in the QUEER section and ENJOY Chapo ENJOY..

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Carole A Smith February 24 2014 at 3:30 AM

Jesus is coming soon!

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IN MY OPINION ONLY Carole A Smith February 24 2014 at 4:06 AM

Amen, God Bless You!

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Buy-n-Sell-Brothers February 24 2014 at 1:30 AM

i say hang him high for all to see

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IN MY OPINION ONLY Buy-n-Sell-Brothers February 24 2014 at 4:07 AM

Hang him by the bumper of a golf cart and parade him across the USA for all to see?

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rickcaron February 23 2014 at 10:15 PM

Extradition? Why should we pay to try him? Let Mexico try and execute their own criminals.

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madfam004 February 23 2014 at 10:58 PM

Why is this guy still alive? What good will it do us to keep him alive? Write a book, make a movie, make a deal with our government and work for them? Non of those reasons make any reason to house him for life in our prison sytem or hotel for thugs.

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