El Chapo's Prison Transfer Could Make Extradition Easier
The drug kingpin was moved to a prison close to the U.S. border.By Eugene Daniels | May 7, 2016
It seems like El Chapo might soon get his wish and be extradited to the U.S. The drug kingpin, born Joaquín Guzmán, has been transferred to a prison near the Mexico-Texas border.
Mexican officials told press Guzmán's transfer is nothing more than a normal rotation of 7,400 inmates for security reasons. But a U.S. official told CNN that "due to the proximity (to the U.S.), it makes it easier to extradite him."
This comes just a little more than a month after Guzmán requested his extradition be fast-tracked. He claims prison conditions are unbearable and making him sick. Guzmán has even said he'd plead guilty to drug trafficking charges as long as he's not in isolation, is put in a medium-security prison and can see his family and attorney often.