Accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s long-shot bid to have Brooklyn federal court cocaine trafficking charges against him dismissed based on said errors in his extradition was brushed aside by a judge on Friday.
Guzman said that he was improperly rerouted to Brooklyn in January after Mexico approved his extradition for cases in Texas and California and wrongly held in solitary prison conditions that his home country never agreed to.
But U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan said it was “well settled” that only a sovereign country could object to such violations, not a defendant. “Here, there is no protest or objection by Mexico,” the judge wrote.
Guzman, 60, who twice escaped from Mexican prisons, is charged with controlling the powerful Sinaloa Cartel and using murder, intimidation and other violence to run a trafficking operation that shipped 20 tons of cocaine into the U.S.