'El Chapo' Extradition to U.S. Approved by Mexico

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by soldiers during a presentation at the Navy's airstrip in Mexico City February 22, 2014. El Chapo's extradition to the U.S. has been approved by Mexico. Edgard Garrido/Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's Foreign Ministry said on Friday it had approved the extradition of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States, and had received guarantees that the death penalty would not be sought against him.

It is unclear when Guzman will now be removed, but the ministry said he would face charges in U.S. federal courts in Texas and California.

"El Chapo," as he is known, was the head of the Sinaloa drug cartel and one of the world's most wanted drug kingpins until his capture in January, six months after he broke out of a high-security jail in central Mexico through a mile-long tunnel.