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Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' extradited to US

A handcuffed El Chapo. Credit: AP

Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been extradited to the US.

Guzman - Mexico's most notorious cartel kingpin - is believed to have arrived in New York on Friday morning.

In a short statement, the US Justice Department said Guzman was taken to the "United States to face criminal charges in connection with his leadership of the Mexican organized crime syndicate known as the 'Sinaloa Cartel.'"

He faces charges of drug trafficking and other charges.

Guzman in prison in Mexico. Credit: Mexico's federal government/AP

Guzman has twice made brazen prison escapes and spent years on the run as the country's most wanted man.

He was recaptured a year ago after escaping from a second maximum-security prison through a tunnel dug to his cell.

He had fought extradition since then.

New York is one of several US jurisdictions where Guzman faces charges.

Mexico grant extradition of drug lord 'El Chapo' to US

'El Chapo' was captured in January, six months after he absconded from prison Credit: Prensa Internacional/ZUMA Wire

Mexico's Foreign Ministry has approved the extradition of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States, after receiving guarantees the death penalty would not be sought against him.

"El Chapo" was the head of the Sinaloa drug cartel and one of the world's most wanted drug lords, after he escaped from the maximum-security Altiplano jail in July 2015.

He was captured in January and faces charges in the US federal courts in Texas and California.

It is unclear at this stage when he will be extradited.