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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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daniel February 24 2014 at 10:46 AM

let the sodomites take care of him first

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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 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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MUSTAFA QUADER February 24 2014 at 10:16 AM

In addition to the arrest of drug lords, there should a punishable law for drug user in the USA; that may discourage drug users in a great extent.

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hughly669 February 24 2014 at 4:55 AM

It's about time ; I didn't think the U. S. would ever have the gall too send the leader of the largest drug ring in the world back to Kenya.

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IZZIP February 24 2014 at 4:48 AM

KEEP HIM OUT OF THE LAUNDRY ROOM!!!!!!!!

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RouteUS66Busload February 24 2014 at 4:05 AM

Execute him simple as that? He's ordered hundreds or thousands of his under the table ex-employees' executions after their jobs are completed (giving out false reward promises, once they show up it's just the dead end chambers or field of road ditch deaths). In my opinion.

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hot2chat February 24 2014 at 4:03 AM

The American Government loves anyone but the American citizens.

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hot2chat February 24 2014 at 4:02 AM

thats alright the american government will grant him amnesty in the united states they don't care what he's done!!!!!!!!

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Richard February 24 2014 at 3:58 AM

Congrats to the uncorruptable Mexican navy marines, the only meaningful and effective law enforcement force against war on druglords in Mexico. Now the quicker Guzman can be extradited to the US the quicker he will be held accountable for his crimes. And it won't be a luxory prison cell that he would have in Mexico.

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raidersetc February 24 2014 at 3:48 AM

I'll never forget the chilling video of two "snitches" being executed by knife and chainsaw - the barbaric acts allegedly sanctioned by this cartel boss. I think akin to the mafia acendentcy due to Prohibition , our drug enforcement policies have likewise helped strengthen and embolden these cartels, but do you dare legalize drugs and let them run rampant ? It appears either way we are ****** .

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