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Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' has been extradited to the United States

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Mexico's government said it has extradited the drug lord "El Chapo" to the United States, according to the Associated Press.

Officially known as Joaquin Guzman, the drug trafficker was already in the air on Thursday, according to a spokeswoman for the Mexican Attorney General.

It remains unknown, however, where exactly he's headed.

El Chapo escaped from the Altiplano maximum security prison in July 2015, only to be captured in a deadly shootout months later in the Sinaloa city of Los Mochis.

According to Forbes, his cartel--the Sinaloa cartel--is responsible for an estimated 25 percent of all illegal drugs that enter the U.S. from Mexico. 

News of the 51-year-old's extradition came in the midst of Trump's inaugural celebrations. Throughout the 2016 election, Trump drew widespread criticism for his rhetoric about Mexico,.

"Build that wall!" often became synonymous with the president-elect on the campaign trail. 


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