Mexico Attorney General Says U.S. 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 two-and-a-half weeks before he escaped from Mexico's highest-security prison. The drug lord known as "El Chapo" sneaked out of the Altiplano prison through a tunnel on July 11.
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. 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.