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Judge holds Guzman in Mexican prison for trial

3:03 AM, Feb 26, 2014   |    comments
This 10 July, 1993, file photo shows drug trafficker Joaquin Guzman Loera 'el Chapo Guzman' at the Almoloya de Juarez, Mexico, maximum security prison. (GERARDO MAGALLON/AFP/Getty Images)
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MEXICO CITY (AP) -- U.S. authorities may have a long wait, before they can get a chance to prosecute Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman.

Two federal judges in Mexico ruled today that Guzman must stand trial on drug-trafficking charges and remain for the immediate future in Mexico, putting off any possible extradition to the U.S.

The Mexican government vows Guzman will not repeat his 2001 escape that let him roam western Mexico for 13 years as he moved billions of dollars of cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin around the world. Last year one of Guzman's closest allies walked out of the prison where the U.S. said he was running drugs from behind bars.

Authorities in Mexico say they want to be the first to interrogate Guzman, and use the information to dismantle his Sinaloa cartel, a multibillion-dollar enterprise that dominates drug trafficking in much of Mexico and stretches into 54 countries.

Guzman has been indicted in at least seven U.S. jurisdictions.

Associated Press

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