One year after being recaptured by Mexican authorities – an incident spurred, quite unexpectedly, by Sean Penn and Kate del Castillo – Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman has been extradited to the United States.
According to a statement from the Department of Justice, Guzman will stand trial in Brooklyn on drug trafficking and murder conspiracy charges. The transfer comes after the US reached an agreement with Mexico that El Chapo wouldn’t receive the death penalty.
Meanwhile, with Donald Trump’s inauguration as president just one day away, Twitter has been flooded with comments on the optics of the extradition:
Mexico wins shade of the year with extraditing El Chapo ONE DAY before Trump takes office
— java ひ (@javamonos) January 19, 2017
— Daniel Hernandez (@longdrivesouth) January 19, 2017
ooooo El Chapo is coming to the U.S. and Trumps inauguration is tomorrow…. anybody else thinking what I'm thinking??? pic.twitter.com/VhhtejhwkE
— briseyda (@endless_hopee) January 19, 2017
el chapo en route to the US a day before Trumps inauguration pic.twitter.com/vqnz1binmz
— jiggy (@sshamdarling) January 19, 2017
Ya llegaron los regalos. México manda El Chapo a Trump.
— Marty Preciado (@martypreciado) January 19, 2017