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Extradition To US Could Have Prevented Guzman Escape


07/13/2015




Extradition To US Could Have Prevented Guzman Escape
The daring escape of Mexican drug cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera, had stunned the world. However a large section of Mexicans are of the view that had Mexico agreed to extradite the drug Mafia after he was nabbed with US assistance to the US as demanded, he would probably had not managed to stage the astounding escape.


This is not the first time that El Chapo, made famous by the smuggling of drugs across the Mexican US border using underground tunnels, has managed to escape from prison. The drug lord escaped ostensibly in a laundry cart from the Puente Grande prison in 2001.
He is wanted in the US for several crimes that include drug smuggling and trafficking and running organized crime. Guzmán has been indicted in at least seven courts is the US. Guzmán had been absconding and clandestinely running his illegal business and his drug cartel , Sinaloa, until he was again caught in February 2014. This time the US law enforcement agencies assisted the capture using high tech surveillance technologies, wiretaps and cell phone tracking mechanisms. He was arrested from his native place in Sinaloa and had been lodged at a high security prison about 90 miles away from Mexico City.
 
Soon after the recapture of Guzmán, the US government has asked for his extradition for him to stand trial in US courts of law. The Obama administration had even filed formal extradition requests in the end of January this year, say sources. But the Mexican government had then refused to hand over Guzmán saying that he would have to serve his prison sentence in Mexico and then extradited to the US also citing it as a matter of national sovereignty. Interestingly, in several opinion polls held in Mexico at that time and almost all of the polls were in favour of extradition as the Mexican people feared that Guzmán might escape once again from a Mexican prison.
The fears of the Mexican proved to be correct when Guzmán managed to again escape from the high security prison using his favourite escape route – underground tunnels. The leader of the feared drug cartel dug a tunnel that started at inside his bathroom in his private cell and ran for a almost kilometre ending outside the prison premises in a small rectangular outlet inside an under construction building.  
The tunnel was well illuminated and perforated to allow the free movement of air. PVC pipes were sued for ventilation and even had a motor cycle on rails for smooth and easy escape. All this shows have led the investigating authorities to suspect that the drug lord had won over a section of the prison employees and amassed the huge cache of equipment necessary for the digging of the tunnel and staging the escape.  
Meanwhile, the US government has offered its assistance to locate and capture Guzmán once again. In a message U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch offered the US assistance together with Mexican authorities to search and nab the drug lord. However it is not clear whether the Mexican government has agreed to the proposal. 

(Source: http://www.forbes.com)






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