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US prosecutors jockeying to try captured drug lord

February 25, 2014
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors across the United States are already jockeying over who will handle any case against drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. But it's far from clear whether he'll ever be brought to the U.S. to face charges.

Guzman was apprehended over the weekend in Mexico. He's charged with violating his country's drug trafficking laws.

A decision on who in the U.S. will prosecute the longtime fugitive will probably turn on which office has the strongest case — and perhaps some politics. Guzman filed an appeal Monday seeking an injunction against any attempt to extradite him to the U.S.

Still, at least seven U.S. federal court districts — including those in New York City and Chicago — have indictments pending for Guzman, and several already are pressing for extradition.



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