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On the Last Day of Obama Presidency, Mexican Drug Lord El Chapo Extradited to NYC

Lead Photo: In this handout provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Federal authorities announced Friday that Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, known by various aliases including, El Chapo will face charges filed in Brooklyn, New York, following his extradition to the United States from Mexico. Photo by Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via Getty Images
In this handout provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Federal authorities announced Friday that Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, known by various aliases including, El Chapo will face charges filed in Brooklyn, New York, following his extradition to the United States from Mexico. Photo by Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via Getty Images

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: