Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is being extradited to the United States, according to a spokesperson for the Mexican attorney general.
Guzman, who was recaptured last year after six months on the run is expected to land in New York Thursday night, according to ABC News.
He is being charged in six separate indictments throughout the U.S., said the Department of Justice. The department offered thanks to the Mexican government for its “extensive cooperation and assistance” in securing Guzman’s extradition.
Former DEA Administrator Jack Riley, who was involved in bringing a case against Guzman, called today the best of his life.
“He’s going to face justice. He’s not going to get his own prison,” Riley said. “He’s not going to dig a tunnel out. He’s not going to bribe the officials.”
Guzman’s pending extradition was suspended in June until a judge could make a decision on the appeal filed by his team. His extradition had been approved the month before upon the condition that U.S. authorities would not seek the death penalty.
American officials in Texas were seeking to charge Guzman with a number of offenses, including murder, money laundering and conspiracy.