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Drug lord will be extradited to face charges

Illinois is one of several jurisdictions that have indicted former Mexican cartel leader Joaquín 'El Chapo" Guzmán, and Mexico has now agreed to extradite him to the United States. The Foreign Ministry in Mexico made the announcement on May 20. The United States had to agree not to seek the death penalty against him as part of the deal.

Guzman had been in a maximum security prison that he escaped from in July 2015. In January, he was recaptured in a raid by Mexican marines that killed five people and resulted in six being taken into custody.

He is facing charges in a Texas federal court for organized crime, money laundering, murder, weapons possession and conspiracy. He will also be tried in a California federal court for importing cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. His attorneys have 30 days to appeal his extradition, and it could take 18 months or longer for him to be brought to the United States to stand trial.

Less serious drug charges can also have devastating consequences for a person. Drug charges may affect a person's career and lead to prison time or other penalties. People who are facing these types of charges might want to speak to an attorney about their options. The attorney may look at the circumstances of the investigation and see if the defendant's civil rights were violated at any point, such as a search that led to the seizure of the drugs being conducted without probable caouse. For example, if this is the case, the entire case might be dismissed.

Source: FOX News Latino, "Drug lord 'Chapo' Guzmán's extradition to U.S. cleared by Mexico," May 20, 2016

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