Is “El Chapo” Coming to El Paso?

Photo from The New York Post/EPA

Hi everyone! I hope you had a great Monday! I apologize for not including a Monday song. I woke up really late and it was a long and hectic day! I’ll have some music for you later on. I’ll be concluding the Bands My Parents Introduced Me to series on Wednesday. Thank you so much for all of the wonderful feedback and support! I’m so glad many of you enjoyed it!

If you’ve been following the latest news headlines, you probably already know Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman was transferred from a maximum-security prison in Altiplano to Juarez’s Cereso Prison on Saturday. He was transferred to Cereso Prison due to ongoing upgrades in the other prison. According to El Paso’s KFOX14, Cereso Prison is only 26 miles south of El Paso. KFOX14 asked University of Texas-El Paso professor Dr. Egbert Zavala if he thought ‘El Chapo’ would attempt crossing over to El Paso while at Cereso. He said no due to high security. ‘El Chapo’ escaped twice from Mexican prisons. He will first be sent to Brooklyn to stand trial. After that, who knows where and what else will happen? According to The New York Post, he should arrive in Brooklyn sometime in June. Monday, a Mexican judge approved the extradition request from the U.S Department of Justice.

Months after ‘El Chapo’ was captured in his home state, Sinaloa, I’ve wondered if El Paso is a possibility where the drug lord could also stand trial. 1. There’s a federal and county court house here and 2. He’s wanted for drug smuggling, money laundering, murder and kidnapping here and in other U.S. cities. If he also stands trial here, I’d do my absolute best to get as much coverage as possible.


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