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Rep. Michael McCaul pushes for extradition of Mexican cartel chief

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The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman should be extradited to the United States for prosecution.

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said the Sinaloa cartel chief's 2001 escape from a Mexican prison and "corruption in that country" makes the case for trying who he called "the Godfather of the cartels" in the U.S., where he faces multiple indictments across the country.

"I think that would be the best course for not only for Mexico, but also the United States in ensuring that what happened in 2001 does not happen again," McCaul said Sunday on ABC's "This Week."

Guzman was captured Saturday in a joint operation between the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Mexican marines.

Whether extradition would happen is questionable. Mexico has searched decades for Guzman, and President Enrique Peña Nieto's administration would likely want to try him in a country that's been devastated by the type of drug trade-related violence Guzman has incited.

McCaul, however, suggested the Mexican administration could be persuaded to extradite Guzman.

"I think it depends on how much pressure our State Department, quite honestly, and our administration puts on the current [Mexican] administration to do this," he said, later adding, "This is an exceptional case."

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