U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela
U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela

BROWNSVILLE, RGV – U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela has called on the Mexican government to extradite Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo, now that he has been recaptured again.

According to Mexican authorities, Guzmán, whose wealth is reported to be approaching $1 billion, was captured by Mexican marines after a fierce gun battle near the coast in his home state of Sinaloa. He has now been sent back to the maximum security prison he escaped from almost six months ago.

Vela, D-Brownsville, has called on the U.S. State Department to do more to help Mexico fight drug cartels to help facilitate the extradition of criminals wanted in the United States.

Vela made this statement on Friday:

“I commend Mexico for their work in recapturing Mexican Drug Dealer Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. Now that Mexican authorities have recaptured “El Chapo” Guzmán, the United States must work with Mexican officials to ensure the swift and immediate extradition of “El Chapo” Guzmán to this country so that he can face justice.

“Anything short of immediate eJoaquín xtradition to the United States shows no real intent from Mexico to address drug trafficking and organized criminal activity.

“The recapture of this convicted criminal serves as an important reminder that the United States must also press Mexico to extradite others who face charges here, including indicted former Tamaulipas Governors Tomás Jesús Yarrington Ruvalcaba and Eugenio Javier Hernández Flores. Allowing these two men to remain free is an insult to the law enforcement and prosecutorial personnel who have worked for years to build criminal cases against these drug profiteers.”

Many people in Mexico view Guzmán has a hero, someone who gives to the poor and offers more protection than the government. They worry that there will be more bloodshed on the streets in his absence.

Click here to read the New York Times story on the recapture of Guzmán.

Editor’s Note: The main photo accompanying this story shows Joaquín Guzmán Loera after his recapture. (Photo: EFE/STR)