Mexico: US Requested Drug Lord's Extradition Before Escape

Mexico's government is confirming that the United States filed an extradition request for drug lord Joaquin Guzman about 2 ½ weeks before he escaped from Mexico's highest-security prison.

The office of Attorney General's Arely Gomez issued a statement late Thursday saying she informed a congressional committee of the extradition request filed on June 25. The drug lord known as "El Chapo" sneaked out of the Altiplano prison through a tunnel on July 11.

Guzman faces U.S. charges of conspiracy to import and distribute cocaine.

The office said Gomez had issued instructions to review the request and submit it to courts for consideration.

Former Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam had said earlier that Mexico wouldn't extradite Guzman until after he had served time for all his crimes in Mexico.

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