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Notorious Mexican druglord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is being extradited from a Mexican prison to the United States, news media reported Thursday.

Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán is escorted by soldiers in Mexico City after his arrest. File photo by Henry Romero via Reuters

The BBC reported that Guzman, wanted on charges of smuggling vast amounts of drugs into America, was at Ciudad Juarez airport.

“The leader of the Sinaloa cartel was facing two extradition requests – one from California and another from Texas, where he could face the death penalty.” the BBC said.

CNN said Mexican authorities had planned to turn Guzman, head of the Sinaloa cartel, over before Friday’s inauguration.

“Guzman and other cartel leaders were indicted in 2009 in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, New York, on charges of conspiring to import more than 264,000 pounds of cocaine into the United States between 1990 and 2005,” CNN said.

“The alleged traffickers are accused of sharing drug transportation routes and obtaining their drugs from various Colombian drug organizations. Guzman also faces charges in Arizona, California, Texas, Illinois, New York, Florida and New Hampshire.”

The Associated Press reported the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration took custody of Guzman in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, “and a plane carrying him departed for New York at 5:31 p.m. Eastern time.”

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