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Mexico joins us probe of "El Chapo" Guzman's fortune

Last update: 10/10/2019
MEXICO CITY, Oct 10 -- Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday his government is collaborating with the United States to investigate convicted drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's fortune, reported Xinhua news agency.

"We are already in talks. We have already contacted US government authorities in that regard," Lopez Obrador said at his daily press conference.

"We are going to seek to recoup those assets, to have all of the assets confiscated and kept abroad returned to Mexico," he said.

The US government has ordered more than US$12.6 billion in assets Guzman amassed through drug trafficking be impounded.

Guzman, the former head of the world's largest drug-trafficking organisation Sinaloa Cartel, was sentenced to life in prison by a US court in July after being convicted of drug trafficking, organised crime and conspiracy to murder.

He escaped from prison twice in Mexico before he was recaptured in 2016 and extradited to the United States in 2017.

--BERNAMA



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