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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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felsol74 February 24 2014 at 10:32 AM

Yes ,,they are punishing druggies in the US by making mariguana legal in some states..God Bless America,Land of the Free,Home of the Brave.

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Mr. G felsol74 February 24 2014 at 3:25 PM

I don't see how that is punishment... However, I agree with your pro-marijuana stance.

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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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dianna_edwards February 23 2014 at 9:15 PM

Now how can USA have a 5 million dollar bounty on his head when USA doesn't have 5 million dollars to hear Obama and Biden say. Supposedly USA to hear Obama and Biden say USA is in debts up to our USA butts. So where the bounty money coming from??????? I know Obama and Biden paying the bounty out of their own pockets,Right????? RIGHT !!!!

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bbnpl4545 February 23 2014 at 11:46 PM

The US can have him after they pay the 5 Mill. 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.

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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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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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bbnpl4545 February 23 2014 at 11:55 PM

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.

How is it he ended back up in Mexico when they had all these charges on him. Yeah bring him back so he can walk again. Great job our justice system is doing.

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merkjones bbnpl4545 February 24 2014 at 12:26 AM

Actually you are right. Our Justice system has so many holes and creeps like this guy know where they are and who holds the keys.

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bbnpl4545 merkjones February 24 2014 at 12:34 AM

You bet, If this was you or me we would still be in jail as of 2007 waiting for trial. Unless we are both rich.

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abcstarfoxstil merkjones February 24 2014 at 1:08 AM

Absolutely right.....this giy knows everyone
who is for sale....EVERYWHERE.

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