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Drug Lord to Face Trial in Mexico

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Joaquin Guzman (C) is escorted by soldiers in Mexico City Feb. 22, 2014.

Joaquin Guzman (C) is escorted by soldiers in Mexico City Feb. 22, 2014.

A Mexican federal judge has ruled that drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman must remain in Mexico to face drug trafficking charges.

Mexican officials have made increasing clear that they want Guzman to face all local charges as well as interrogation by Mexican investigators looking to dismantle his cartel, before they consider extraditing him to the United States.

Guzman has been indicted in at least seven U.S. jurisdictions for crimes committed while head of the Sinaloa cartel, which stretches across North America and as far away as Europe and Australia.

Guzman was captured Saturday in the Pacific coast city of Mazatlan after 13 years on the run.

About 80,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence since the early 2000's, including murders and beheadings. Former president Felipe Calderon sent in the army to try and quell the violence.

Forbes magazine lists Guzman among the world's most powerful people, saying he is worth more than $1 billion.

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