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Mexican drug kingpin Guzman formally charged

English.news.cn   2014-02-26 11:01:49

Mexican Navy soldiers escort Joaquin Guzman Loera (front), alias "El Chapo Guzman", leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, during his show up in front of the press, at the Mexican Navy hangar in Mexico City, capital of Mexico, on Feb. 22, 2014. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Saturday confirmed the capture of the world's most wanted drug lord, Joaquin Guzman Loera, known as El Chapo, in the Pacific resort of Mazatlan. (Xinhua/Pedro Mera)


MEXICO CITY, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- Federal courts in Mexico Tuesday formally charged Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the captured leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel, with organized crime and drug trafficking.

The charges were made separately by the Third District Court of Federal Penal Processes and the Fifth District Court of Federal Penal Processes.

A statement issued by the third district court said Guzman, who was arrested over the weekend after escaping 13 years ago from a maximum-security prison in western Jalisco state, has three working days to appeal the charges.

Guzman was notified on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. (1930 GMT) that there was enough evidence to take him to trial.

The drug kingpin, 56, may be charged with additional crimes, including money laundering and possession of military weapons, prosecutors said.

"El Chapo," or The Shorty, was arrested Saturday in Mexico's northwest resort of Mazatlan, Sinaloa, the main bastion of the cartel.

Hours later, he was taken to the El Altiplano maximum-security prison in Almoloya.

U.S. authorities, meanwhile, plan to seek his extradition so he can stand trial for similar charges in the United States.

Editor: Liu Dan
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