The Mexican government announced Saturday that it has initiated proceedings to extradite the notorious and recently re-captured drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán to the United States.

In a statement, the office of Mexican Attorney General Arely Gómez González said that it was honoring two 2015 petitions from the American government to extradite Guzmán, who is wanted in the U.S. on multiple drug-related charges.

"With [Guzm√°n's] recapture, the respective extradition proceedings should be initiated," the statement read. It added that Guzm√°n and his lawyers will be given three days to pose objections and 20 additional days to prove them.

There was no indication about when, exactly, the proceedings would begin. Current and former U.S. officials told Fusion on Friday that they would expect the Mexican government to wait a bit before extraditing Guzm√°n.


Mexico's openness to an extradition is a sharp change from the stance it took before Guzm√°n's escape from prison last July. In January of 2015, the country's then-attorney general, Jesus Murillo Karam, said that Guzm√°n would only be transferred to the U.S. after he served his time in Mexican prison.

Unfortunately for Karam, he also said that there was no chance of Guzm√°n escaping. The kingpin rubbished that claim by disappearing through a giant tunnel built directly underneath his prison cell. (Astonishingly, Guzm√°n is now being returned to the very prison he just escaped from.) All of this has apparently led the Mexican government to rethink its stance on sending Guzm√°n north.