The Attorney General of Mexico releases images they say show drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman being lead over tarmac by black-clad security officials during his extradition to the United States. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Mexico extradited top drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to New York on Thursday (January 19), ending a career that included two jail breaks and a lead role in a national drug war, the day before Donald Trump assumes the U.S. presidency. Guzman, 59, was one of the world's most wanted drug kingpins until he was captured a year ago. Six months earlier, he had bust out of a high-security penitentiary in central Mexico through a mile-long tunnel, his second dramatic prison escape. "The government ... today handed Mr Guzman Loera to the U.S. authorities," the foreign ministry said in a statement, referring to a court decision on Thursday rejecting a legal challenge by his lawyers against extradition. A photograph shown on Mexican television appeared to show Guzman being lead over tarmac by black-clad security officials. Mexican officials said the timing of the move was both a last-minute gift to outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama and an olive branch to Trump, who has regularly insulted Mexico and threatened to tear up the NAFTA trade agreement that underpins its economy. After Guzman slipped out of jail in July 2015, Trump said on Twitter he "would kick his ass" as president. Guzman is charged in six separate indictments throughout the United States. He faces charges ranging from money laundering to drug trafficking, kidnapping and murder in cities that include Chicago, Miami and New York.