Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Arrives in US, Due in Brooklyn Court on Friday

The drug lord is being extradited from Mexico to the United States.

January 19, 2017, 10:00 PM

— -- Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the Mexican drug lord who was recaptured last year after six months on the run, arrived in the U.S. Thursday night just hours after the Mexican attorney general's office confirmed he was being extradited to the United States, the Department of Justice announced.

Guzman arrived around 9:30 p.m. at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip, N.Y., located about 50 miles east of Manhattan, where he was met by dozens of law enforcement personnel.

He is expected to be driven to the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Lower Manhattan and is expected to make his first court appearance Friday in Brooklyn.

The drug kingpin is being charged in six separate indictments throughout the U.S., the Department of Justice said. The department also gave credit to the Mexican government for its "extensive cooperation and assistance" in securing Guzman's extradition.

In a radio interview Thursday, former DEA Administrator Jack Riley, who helped bring a case against Guzman, called today the best of his life.

"He's going to face justice. He's not going to get his own prison," Riley said. "He's not going to dig a tunnel out. He's not going to bribe the officials."

In June, Guzman's pending extradition was suspended until a judge could make a decision on the appeal filed by his team. His extradition had been approved the month before under the condition that U.S. authorities would not seek the death penalty.

American officials in Texas were looking to charge Guzman with a slew of offenses, including murder, money laundering and conspiracy.

Guzman escaped the Altiplano prison near Mexico City on July 11, 2015 launching a manhunt. When guards realized he had been missing from his cell, they found a ventilated tunnel, which Guzman was able to access through an exit near the bathtub in his cell.

The tunnel extended for about a mile underground and featured an adapted motorcycle on rails. Officials believe the motorcycle was used to transport the tools used to construct the tunnel.

Guzman, who was caught in January 2016, was sent to Altiplano after he was arrested in February 2014. He had spent the previous 10 years on the run after escaping from a different prison in 2001. It is unclear how he escaped in that instance, but he did receive help from prison guards, who were prosecuted and convicted.

The U.S. treasury once described the Sinaloa cartel leader as "the most powerful drug trafficker in the world." He has also been ranked as one of the richest men in the world by Forbes, with drug enforcement experts estimating the cartel's revenues as more than $3 billion annually.

The Sinaloa cartel allegedly uses elaborate tunnels for drug trafficking and is estimated to be responsible for 25 percent of all illegal drugs that enter the U.S. through Mexico.

ABC News' Darren Reynolds contributed to this report

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