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Statement from DHS Secretary John Kelly on the Extradition of Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman Loera

Release Date: 
January 23, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

Last week's significant development in the long-term investigation against drug lord Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman Loera marks an important opening salvo in bringing the alleged head of the world's largest drug trafficking organization to justice for his crimes.

I commend the Government of Mexico - specifically President Peña Nieto, Secretary Luis Videgaray and Attorney General Raul Cervantes Andrade - and all those involved in his arrest more than a year ago as well as his seamless transfer from Mexican to American custody.

I am proud to lead this Department and to stand with the special agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations and our many partners within the Department of Justice who worked collaboratively with our Mexican counterparts to ensure that one of the world's most wanted men will stand trial in a U.S. courtroom.

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Last Published Date: January 24, 2017
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