After many years of poisoning our streets, evading capture, and an amazing prison escape the kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been extradited to the United States. CNN reports that Friday Guzman has a hearing in federal court. Law enforcement officials are taking serious security precautions and are going to shut down the Brooklyn Bridge during transport.
Some say that Mexico timed the extradition of “El Chapo” out of spite to the incoming President-Elect Donald Trump, however, Mexican authorities stated:
“Had nothing to do with it. (Trump’s Inauguration)”
“It was resolved today, and in terms of the international treaty, we had to immediately hand over the person requested by the United States,” Alberto Elias Beltran said. “Not doing so would generate a nonfulfillment to the international norms, specifically with the treaty shared between Mexico and the United States.”
CNN further reported that:
Guzman and other cartel leaders were indicted in 2009 in US District Court in Brooklyn on charges of conspiring to import more than 264,000 pounds of cocaine into the United States between 1990 and 2005. The alleged traffickers are accused of sharing drug transportation routes and obtaining their drugs
In 2015 Guzman made a daring movie like prison escape by crawling through an opening in the shower area of his cell which lead to a mile-long tunnel. He was captured on January 8th, 2016 during a raid on his compound by Mexican Marines.
With the Guzman being captured one might think this would slow the rate of drugs entering the US. Unfortunately, in a report issued by the US Customs and Border Protection, this is not the case.
Analyzed seizure data along the border between 2009 and 2010 found that “the removal of key personnel does not have a discernible impact on drug flows” into the United States.
Guzman seems aware that drug trafficking won’t end once he’s gone. “The day I don’t exist, it’s not going to decrease in any way at all,” he told actor Sean Penn in an interview in October 2015.
It truly is a shame about the amount of drugs entering the country and we seem helpless to stop it. In the 90’s America tried the “lock them up approach” which lead to mass incarceration of minorities. Now we are attempting the cognitive behavior approach which only seems to enable drug addicts for an excuse to use drugs.