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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2016, file photo, Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by army 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. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

A Mexican judge denied El Chapo's appeal against extradition to the United States


A Mexican judge denied today Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's appeal against being extradited to the United States, reports the Voice of America

The Mexican foreign ministry approved El Chapo's extradition in May, but the drug lord's lawyers have been fighting the decision ever since. 

Guzman was the head of the infamous Sinaloa Drug Cartel and was recaptured in January after escaping from a maximum-security prison for a second time last summer. He's set to be moved to the United States in February. 

El Chapo could be extradited to two different places. There's a bid in from California for drug distribution and another bid in Texas for murder and money laundering. 

Guzman's potential arrival in the U.S. has sparked some online humor. 

And some have pointed out that El Chapo's arrest might not affect the cartel too much. 

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