Seven months before he escaped, the government of the Obama Administration requested that Mexico’s government extradite Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to the U.S.. This request was refused by Mexico Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam, due to”nationalistic reasons,” ensuring the American government that El Chapo would not escape like he did in 2001. Both the United States and Mexican governments were miffed when El Chapo, the most powerful drug lord in the world, escaped from Almoloya maximum security prison in July. This changed the way Mexican officials viewed extradition to the United States, and led to the extradition of 13 high-profile Mexican cartel members into America, who arrived in The States on Wednesday. This is believed to be the highest number of top gangsters to the United States from Mexico ever.
This group of prisoners, including high-ranking Sinaloa and Beltrán Leyva Cartel member Edgar “La Barbie” Váldez Villarreal, are now in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service, according to Forbes. They will face charges of drug trafficking, homicide, rape and money laundering in Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, California, Illinois, Arizona and Arkansas. The extraditions came after more arrests of individuals believed to aid El Chapo’s escape. Forbes writes:
The move comes after Mexican authorities arrested 13 more suspects in connection with the July prison break of El Chapo. Among the arrested officials are Celina Oseguera, national coordinator for Mexico’s federal prison system; Valentín Cárdenas Lerma and Leonor García, directors at the prison where El Chapo was held. This is in addition to the arrest of seven prison workers who were charged in connection with the escape soon after it happened.
Apparently, the Mexican authorities believe that United States authorities will not be as easily compromised as their own have proven to be.