Mexico OKs Extradition of El Chapo to US It could still be months before the extradition actually happens By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted May 20, 2016 3:30 PM CDT 21 comments Comments Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted to a helicopter in handcuffs by Mexican soldiers and marines at a federal hangar in Mexico City last January. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File) (Newser) – Mexico's Foreign Relations Department has ruled that the extradition of convicted drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States can go forward, the AP reports. The process can still be appealed, meaning it could be weeks or months before the Sinaloa cartel leader may be sent north. Guzman's lawyers now have 30 days to appeal the decision. The department said Friday that the US has guaranteed that Guzman would not face the death penalty, which is not applied in Mexico.