Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ extradited to U.S. to face charges

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Mexico's top drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted as he arrives at Long Island MacArthur airport in New York, U.S., January 19, 2017, after his extradition from Mexico. U.S. officials/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTSWDLK

Mexico’s top drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman arrives at Long Island MacArthur airport on Jan. 19, 2017. Photo by U.S. officials/Handout

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the Mexican drug lord who twice escaped from prison in his country, was extradited to the United States on Thursday to face charges including drug trafficking.

Guzman, head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, will be arraigned in federal court in New York on Friday. His extradition came on President Obama’s last full day in office.

Guzman had twice before broken out of maximum security prison in Mexico, first in 2001. He was recaptured in 2014 at a beach resort. In 2015, only 14 months later, he made a brazen escape using a mile-long tunnel dug from beneath his shower. It was seen as a major embarrassment for Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

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