Mexico denies El Chapo’s appeal to stop extradition

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2016 file photo, Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by soldiers to a waiting helicopter at a federal hangar in Mexico City, after he was recaptured from breaking out of a maximum security prison in Mexico. A Mexican judge said on Monday, May 9, 2016 that Guzman's extradition to the U.S. can move ahead, but the country’s foreign ministry must still approve it and the defense can appeal. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)


MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s Attorney General’s office says a federal judge in Mexico has denied drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s appeals against extradition to the United States, but Guzman could still appeal to a higher court.

In a statement Thursday, the Attorney General’s office said the judge denied two of the appeals and threw out the other three.

Last week, Mexico’s national security commissioner said that Guzman could be extradited in January or February. He is wanted on drug trafficking and other charges in the U.S.

The leader of the Sinaloa cartel escaped from a maximum-security prison in 2015 and was recaptured in January. He is currently imprisoned in the northern border state of Chihuahua.

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