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El Chapo Notorious Drug Lord Extradited From Mexico to New York

“El Chapo” is headed to the Big Apple.

The notorious drug lord was extradited by Mexico’s government and flown to New York on Thursday night, sources told The Post.

Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department confirmed on Twitter Thursday that Joaquín Guzmán — infamously known as “El Chapo” or “Shorty” — was being flown here.

His plane reportedly landed at McArthur airport on Long Island at around 10 p.m., according to the Associated Press.

Sources told The Post that Guzmán is ultimately bound for Brooklyn?’s Eastern District federal court? to face his numerous charges, which include murder, kidnapping and drug trafficking.

The 5-foot-6 Sinaloa Cartel boss has been locked up near the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez — across from El Paso, Texas — after being recaptured a year ago following his second notorious jailbreak.

A law enforcement source told The Post that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration took custody of Guzmán.

Guzmán was said to be shackled during the flight and accompanied by armed DEA agents, who are “shadowing his every move.” He will be led to a federal detention center in Brooklyn by a caravan of 10 or so vehicles.

Once deemed the world’s most wanted man, Guzmán is expected to finally be arraigned in the borough of Kings within the next 48 hours.

Insiders told The Post it appeared his extradition from Mexico was meant to serve as a slap in the face to President-elect Donald Trump — who is set to take office on Friday after claiming for months that he would build a border wall.

“Mexico wanted to get it done before the proverbial wall was built — both with bricks
and bombastic diplomacy by the Trump Administration,” a source said. “Mexico wanted to get this done with a Justice Department it knows and trusts, that understands the gravity and implications of the crimes that ‘El Chapo’ has been apart of. That’s not to say that the next Justice Department won’t be just as competent. But with the Trump Administration everything is a question mark.”

According to the source, Mexico wanted Guzmán out “as soon as possible.”

“They were already embarrassed by the two escapes and they conceded that ‘El Chapo’ had this vast network that included undocumented henchmen that lent itself to multiple people in different prisons with connections to him that could assist him in yet another escape,” the source explained. “Mexicans couldn’t handle another global embarrassment of another ‘El Chapo’ escape, so they extradited him.”

Federal prosecutors from coast to coast have been eagerly waiting to find out if they’d get the first crack at “El Chapo” once he was extradited.

He’s currently wanted in several US jurisdictions — including Miami, California, Texas and Chicago.

In each case, Guzmán has been charged with conspiring to smuggle as much as 500-plus tons of cocaine into the US while heading the fearsome Sinaloa Cartel, which is considered the world’s largest drug-trafficking organization.

In 2014, Guzmán was indicted by a Brooklyn federal jury for allegedly laundering $14 billion in drug money.

The Mexican kingpin was also accused of ordering “sicarios,” or hit men, to carry out “hundreds of acts of violence,” including murders, torture, kidnappings and assassinations, the indictment said.

He spent 13 years on the run following an infamously easy escape from a Mexican prison in 2001.

After he was captured in 2014, “El Chapo” made headlines yet again by breaking out a second time — using a motorcycle to escape through a mile-long, underground tunnel on July 11, 2015.

He would eventually be recaptured during a deadly shootout with Mexican naval special forces after spending six months on the lam.

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