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The United States government has until March 5 to present the formal request for the extradition of Ovidio Guzmán López, “El Ratón. Should no formal request be made by that time, and there are no pressing charges against him in Mexico, he could be released unless a judge orders preventative detention.
A few weeks after being arrested in Jesus Maria on January 5th, Ovidio Guzmán requested a suspension to avoid being handed over to the US to a Washington, D.C. federal court to be tried for crimes of conspiracy to introduce marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamines.
Last week the judge granted him a provisional suspension so that it is not delivered until he defines whether to grant him the definitive suspension. The jurisdiction of Amparo was also moved from Mexico City to a judge in Toluca, the closest city to the Altiplano prison he is being held at.
The request must be made by the Department of Justice to the United States Foreign Ministry, which will deliver the document through diplomatic channels to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) of Mexico, which will notify the Public Ministry of the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR).
If the requirements are met, the acting judge will authorize his extradition.
Since July 6, 2017, the United States Department of Justice has published an investigation against Ovidio Guzmán and his brother Joaquín. Both are wanted by the United States authorities based on an investigation carried out between 2008 and 2018 by the Office of Homeland Security Investigations.
Source La Silla Rota