Why is Mexico now favoring the extradition of drug lord “El Chapo” Guzman to the U.S.? NPR says there is a fear of his escaping from prison a third time, and the country’s mechanisms to keep and prosecute suspects are week. There is a new attorney general in Mexico, and an improved relationship between the two countries. Still, the process is so elongated that it could take between one and six years to make the extradition happen.
Guzman has been indicted in a half dozen U.S. jurisdictions. U.S. attorneys’ offices will be vying for who gets to prosecute him. The early leader may be Chicago, whose crime commission has declared El Chapo public enemy number one, a designation previously reserved for Al Capone. Brooklyn may have an inside track if this happens quickly because U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch used to lead the U.S. attorney’s office there, but Lynch may be long gone from the Justice Department by the time Guzman reaches the U.S.