-- The extradition process to send drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States was begun today, the Mexican Attorney General's office announced.
The drug kingpin, who was recaptured Friday after six months on the run following his escape from a Mexican prison, was issued two orders of detention for the purpose of extradition while in prison today, according to the Mexican prosecutor.
Interpol agents served Guzman with the formal orders at the Altiplano prison where he was being held. His legal team will have time to submit paperwork to fight extradition.
Guzman had been sent to Altiplano after he was arrested in February 2014. He spent more than 10 years on the run. after escaping from a different prison in 2001. It's unclear exactly how he had escaped, but he did receive help from prison guards who were prosecuted and convicted.
Guzman has also long been ranked among the richest men in the world by Forbes. Drug enforcement experts have conservatively estimated the cartel's revenues at more than $3 billion annually.