Mexico wants to send Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán to the US in the first two months of next year, the country's national security commissioner said on Friday. "We hope (to do it) in January or February," Renato Sales Heredia told Mexican television channel Televisa after being asked when the drug lord could be extradited. Guzmán is currently in jail near Ciudad Juarez in northern Mexico, awaiting a ruling from a judge in Mexico City on the Sinaloa cartel chief's appeals to the extradition requests approved by the Mexican government in May.
As a technical matter, the Mexican executive [branch] is not at all dependent on the Mexican judicial system to approve of extradition.Peter Vincent, a former legal adviser at the US Department of Homeland Security
The extradition process against Guzmán has proceeded slowly since his recapture in January this year, when Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said his government planned to send the kingpin north. Experts have estimated that could take several years — possibly up to six — for Guzmán to be extradited to a US court, and other major kingpins captured in Mexico have sweated out multiyear extradition battles before eventually landing in the US.