The U.S. offers help to catch 'El Chapo'

The authorities are ready to work with Mexico, expressed secretary of Justice Loretta Lynch.
'El Chapo' is a person of interest for the U.S. authorities. (Photo: REUTERS/Tomás Bravo)
12/07/2015
17:08
J. Jaime Hernández / Washington
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The United States authorities are worried about the recent breakaway of Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, but are willing to aid its partners south of the border.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, noting Guzmán faces multiple drug-running and organised crime charges in the United States, said Washington shared Mexico's concern over the escape.

“The U.S. government stands ready to work with our Mexican partners to provide any assistance that may help support his swift recapture,” she said in a statement.

The breakout happened in the State of Mexico, the home state of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who took office in 2012 vowing to confront cartel violence that has killed more than 100,000 people since 2007.

The official statement by Lynch has avoided any reference to the battle for the extradition of the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, a dispute that began from the very moment of the arrest of "El Chapo" on February 2014, in an operation that involved the collaboration of federal agencies in the US.

At that time, political leaders like the Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Michael McCaul, spoke in favor of his extradition to the U.S. to keep him from   leaving prison again, like it happened in January 2001, when he escaped from the prison of Puente Grande, in Jalisco.

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