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Guzman not likely to be in US court soon

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ALICIA A. CALDWELL | February 23, 2014 02:31 PM EST | AP


WASHINGTON (AP) — After 13 years on the run, narrow escapes from the military, law enforcement and rivals, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is back in Mexican custody.

Now starts what is likely to be a lengthy and complicated legal process to decide which country gets to try him first.

In Mexico, Guzman is likely to face a host of charges related to his role as the head of the Sinaloa Cartel, the country's most powerful drug organization.

And grand juries in at least seven U.S. federal district courts have issued indictments on a variety of charges for the man whose nickname translates to "Shorty."

Calls for his extradition to the United States started within hours of his arrest Saturday morning at a condominium in Mazatlan, a beach resort town on Mexico's Pacific Coast.