US Asked Mexico to Extradite El Chapo Weeks Before Escape

According to reports on Friday, the United States filed a request for the extradition of drug boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán less than three weeks before he absconded from Mexico’s highest-security prison. The request was made in a diplomatic note on 25 June and 16 days later Guzmán escaped the Altiplano prison through a mile-long tunnel which opened into his cell’s shower. It was the kingpin’s second escape from a high-security prison, and the failure to extradite him after his recapture in 2014 has been fiercely criticized by opponents of President Enrique Peña Nieto. Documents leaked to the Associated Press show that the US Drug Enforcement Administration first received reports that Guzmán intended to escape again about a month after his recapture.