By E. Eduardo Castillo and Katherine Corcoran / Associated Press
Mexico just extradited 13 people wanted in the United States, including two top drug traffickers, because of a new streamlined process between the two countries — and not because of the recent escape of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, officials said.
Jose Alberto Rodriguez, head of the international section of Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office, denied that the extraditions were a response to the embarrassing July 11 escape from prison by Guzman, Mexico’s most-wanted drug lord.
While it’s not unprecedented, 13 is the largest number of extraditions in one day under the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto.
Rodriguez said that the extraditions had been in the works independently of Guzman’s escape, and that U.S. and Mexican authorities had earlier reached an agreement to speed-up the process.
“With or without the escape of ‘Chapo’ Guzman, these extraditions were going to happen,” he said.