The White House on Monday heralded Mexico's arrest of a top drug cartel leader as a “significant achievement” and said talks over his possible extradition to the U.S. would have to be negotiated by the two countries.
“We're obviously appreciative of the fact that Joaquin Guzman Loera, known as 'El Chapo,' the alleged leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, was captured, and we congratulate the Mexican government on that fact,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney. “This is a significant achievement in our shared fight against transnational organized crime, violence and drug trafficking.”
Guzman Loera, whose nickname means “shorty” was arrested by Mexican security officials in the Pacific coast town of Mazatlan on Saturday.
Reports on Monday suggested that the Justice Department may seek his extradition to the U.S.
Carney directed questions about trying the drug kingpin in the U.S. to the DOJ.
“The Department of Justice has said, the decision whether to pursue extradition will be the subject of further discussion between the United States and Mexico, so those conversations are ongoing,” he said.