Mexican Court Supports Extradition of El Chapo to Texas

A judge in Mexico has found a U.S. extradition request for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the Western District of Texas (El Paso) legally sufficient for extradition. El Chapo was one of more than 20 people indicted on charges ranging from drugs (cocaine and marijuana) to money laundering, firearms, murder and Continuing Criminal Enterprise.

It's not alleged that El Chapo committed the murders, but that he ordered his sicarios to kidnap and murder. One murder was of a Sinaloa drug dealer in 2009 who claimed to have lost a load of 670 kilos of marijuana. He was kidnapped in the U.S. and his tortured body was later found in Mexico. Another was a groom who was kidnapped at his own wedding along with some others and later tortured and murdered.

Mexico's announcement is here (in Spanish).

Coincidentally (or not), last week Mexico announced that the Supreme Court would announce its decision on the extradition of the alleged leader of El Chapo's hitmen who allegedly ordered the hits -- José Antonio Torres Marrufo, 33, also known as "Tonin," "El Jaguar," "El Catorce" (14) and "El Marrufo" -- he was arrested in Mexico in 2012 and has been fighting extradition. It's a long story, here's a synopsis.

Others have already been convicted of the actual kidnapping and murder of the pot trafficker. And one more was extradited in April.

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    Foreign Ministry approves extradition (none / 0) (#1)
    by Mr Natural on Fri May 20, 2016 at 02:13:50 PM EST
    - Reuters

    As I said on an earlier thread, Guzman is in the unfortunate position of having the full attention of the Mexican Government.