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After Catching El Chapo, Mexico Should Extradite Him to the United States

A soldier keeps watch outside a warehouse connected by a tunnel to the Altiplano Federal Penitentiary, where drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman was being held, July 14 , 2015. Edgard Garrido / Reuters

On the evening of July 11, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, the kingpin of the Sinaloa Cartel, disappeared from his cell at a maximum-security prison in Altiplano, Mexico. It is no surprise that Guzmán, who pioneered the use of sophisticated tunnels to move drugs beneath the Mexican-U.S. border, escaped through one. The tunnel was reportedly a mile long and outfitted with a ventilation system, electricity, and even a motorcycle on rails to speed Guzmán’s exit. This wasn’t his first flight from a maximum-security facility, either. In 2001, he exited Puente Grande prison in a laundry cart, evidently aided by upwards of 70 prison staff and millions of dollars in bribes.

After that escape, Guzmán spent more than a decade on the run before he was arrested again last February. His capture was a major victory for the Mexican government; his breakout from prison 16 months later

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