Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to stand trial in Mexico 1st, and any extradition to U.S. likely years away

February 26, 2014

Scales - justice - inequalityCBS News, 2/26/14

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman appears set to remain in Mexico’s highest-security prison for the foreseeable future, as the government puts off U.S. extradition in a move that could bolster President Enrique Pena Nieto’s nationalist credentials but also shine a spotlight on the country’s woeful judicial system.

Experts say Pena Nieto’s administration and those of his predecessors have proven unable to match headline-grabbing arrests like Guzman’s with complex, long-term investigations and prosecutions of deep-rooted criminal networks. Cases have stalled and cartels have continued to operate. Last year, one of Guzman’s closest allies walked out of the prison where the U.S. said he was running drugs from behind bars.

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Mexican Navy says captures top drug boss “El Coss”

September 13, 2012

Reuters, 9/13/12

The Mexican Navy said on Wednesday it had captured one of Mexico’s most wanted drug bosses, the head of the Gulf Cartel, in what would mark a major victory in President Felipe Calderon’s crackdown on organized crime…

Islas said he expected Costilla to be extradited to the United States, and that his testimony could prove damaging to officials in Tamaulipas and neighboring Veracruz state, which has also been dogged by allegations of corruption…

With Costilla’s apparent capture, the cartel is looking increasingly weak, and bloody turf wars for control of the northeastern border with Texas would now intensify. “There will be an increase in violence there,” Islas said.

The stage was now set for increased hostilities in the region between Mexico’s two most powerful gangs, Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel and the Zetas, he noted.

This could prove a headache for Pena Nieto, who has vowed to quickly reduce the number of beheadings and mass executions. There have been more than 55,000 drug-related deaths in Calderon’s six-year offensive against cartels.

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Mexico Extradites Suspected Hezbollah Member

September 12, 2012

Fox News Latino, 9/11/12

Mexican authorities have arrested and extradited a U.S. citizen with  suspected ties to the Lebanese extremist organization Hezbollah, according to  news reports.

Rafic Mohammad Labbon Allaboun was arrested Saturday in an operation  coordinated by Mexico’s National Migration Institute and the Secretariat of  Public Security, according to Mexican daily El Universal.  He was detained in the city of Mérida, Yucatán, along with two other foreigners  wanted in the United States.

Once a prominent Muslim leader in Northern California, Labboun spent over two  years in prison for credit card fraud, CBS News reports.  Authorities suspected that the $100,000 in credit card fraud was linked to  Hezbollah’s money laundering activities, but could not prove the charge in  court.

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Mexico ‘Zetas leader’ Rejon Aguilar extradited to US

September 12, 2012

BBC, 9/11/12

Mexico has extradited an alleged founder member of the powerful Zetas drug cartel to the United States…

Mr Rejon Aguilar, also known as El Mamito, is alleged to be the third in command of the Zetas, a drug gang formed by former Mexican special forces soldiers.

He was handed to DEA officers at Toluca airport on Tuesday.

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The “Queen of the Pacific” will be Extradited to the U.S. [in Spanish]

June 11, 2012

Maria de Luiz Gonzalez, El Universal, 6/8/12

A federal court authorized the extradition to the U.S. of Sandra Ávila Beltrán (the “Queen of the Pacific”) on Thursday June 8th so that she can be tried for trafficking 100 kilograms of cocaine into Chicago in 2001.  This is one of  two charges for which the American authorities want to try her…

This was a modification of a federal resolution from a few months ago in which a federal judge ruled that “The Queen of the Pacific” had a clean slate and that she would not be extradited.

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Colombia, Mexico to Sign Extradition Treaty

July 22, 2011

InSight Crime, 7/22/11

Colombia and Mexico have negotiated an extradition agreement that will allow nationals of each country to be send to stand trial in the other country.

The previous treaty only allowed for the extradition of foreigners between the countries.

The two presidents will sign the treaty when Colombia’s leader Juan Manuel Santos visits Mexico in August

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Mexico extradites alleged Tijuana cartel leader

December 14, 2010

Associated Press, 12/14/2010

The U.S. Justice Department says an alleged leader of Mexico’s Arellano Felix drug cartel has been extradited from Mexico to face criminal charges in San Diego.

A 2003 federal indictment says Rigoberto Yanez was the Tijuana-based cartel’s main representative in Mexico City and their initial point of contact with Colombian drug traffickers.

Yanez is among 15 people who have been extradited to the United States from Mexico over the last week. They include Jose Manuel Escobedo, who was convicted of drug charges in 2004 in Texas and escaped from prison while serving a 10-year sentence.

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