Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted to a helicopter in handcuffs by Mexican navy marines at a navy hanger in Mexico City, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. A senior U.S. law enforcement official said Saturday, that Guzman, the head of Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel, was captured alive overnight in the beach resort town of Mazatlan. Guzman faces multiple federal drug trafficking indictments in the U.S. and is on the Drug Enforcement AdministrationÃs most-wanted list. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
MEXICO CITY (AP) – A Mexican judge has denied drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán an injunction against any extradition to the United States.
The Federal Judicial Council says in a statement that the judge rejected Guzmán's petition because the U.S. government hasn't filed an extradition request. If the U.S. does file a request, Guzmán will be free to go back to court to seek an injunction.
The council also said Wednesday that Guzmán faces organized crime and drug trafficking charges in five different Mexican federal courts. The Mexican government has said he will not be extradited soon to the U.S., where he has been indicted in several states.
Guzmán was arrested last month after 13 years as a fugitive since escaping from prison. He is being held in Mexico's highest-security prison.