Will ‘El Chapo’ Be Extradited to the U.S.?


It took six months of hard work for Mexican authorities to track down notorious drug lord Joaquin Guzmán, popularly known as “El Chapo. Now, it could take years of hard work to extradite him to the United States. (USA Today)

Use today’s MapMaker Interactive map to see which jurisdictions have indicted Guzman, and where he may stand trial.

Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map.

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Discussion Ideas

  • The alleged leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, Joaquin Guzman, may be extradited to the United States. What is extradition?
    • Extradition is the process of turning over an accused criminal to another state or nation at the state’s request for the purpose of trial or punishment.


  • At least seven district jurisdictions in the U.S. want to put Guzman on trial. What are jurisdictions?


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  • Why is Guzman’s extradition from Mexico to the U.S. possible?
    • The U.S. and Mexico have a strong, bilateral extradition treaty.
    • Guzman is formally accused of crimes in the U.S., but would also be prosecuted for those or similar crimes in Mexico. (According to FindLaw, “most nations require the underlying [extraditable offense] be something their own laws would consider a crime.”)
    • Many experts think there is a strong political motivation among Mexican citizens and authorities to extradite Guzman for fear the Mexican judicial system may not be able to hold him accountable. In Mexico, Guzman has escaped from maximum-security prisons twice, and extradition to the U.S. may be “the best way to ensure he does not escape again.”




USA Today: Coming to America: Why the El Chapo extradition could take years

Nat Geo: Will ‘El Chapo’ Be Extradited to the U.S.? map

Quartz: Why is it taking so long for Mexico to extradite El Chapo?

FindLaw: What is Extradition?

U.S. Embassy in Mexico: Law Enforcement

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