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Extradited drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, who twice escaped Mexican prisons, lands in New York

Posted: 5:58 PM, Jan 19, 2017
Updated: 2017-01-20 01:20:27-05

MEXICO CITY — The plane carrying Mexican drug lord Joaquin Archivaldo "El Chapo" Guzman has landed at MacArthur Airport on Long Island Thursday evening just hours after it was announced he was being extradited to the United States, where he is wanted on drug trafficking and other charges.

The Foreign Relations Department announced on Twitter that Guzman was being sent to the U.S. the day before Donald Trump is to be inaugurated as U.S. president.

A U.S. law enforcement official confirms Guzman arrived Thursday night following a flight from the Mexican border town Ciudad Juarez. He later arrived at Metropolitan Corrections Center in Manhattan.

Guzman is expected to appear in a federal courthouse in Brooklyn on Friday.

The Justice Department extends its gratitude to the Government of Mexico for their extensive cooperation and assistance in securing the extradition of Guzman to the United States.

Guzman is charged in six separate indictments throughout the United States.

He was recaptured a year ago after making a second brazen jailbreak and had fought extradition since then.

Guzman and other cartel leaders were indicted in 2009 in US 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.

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.