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Mexican leader pledges to extradite all drug lord

September 20, 2006

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— President Vicente Fox said Tuesday that Mexico is willing to extradite any drug lord in its custody wanted by the United States.

Fox said Mexico currently has 16 "big leaders" of drug gangs in jail along with 75,000 lower level members of various cartels.

Fox spoke at a news conference in New York where he was attending the United Nations General Assembly.

Mexico extradited its first major drug lord - accused kingpin Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix - to the United States over the weekend. Before that, Mexico had often balked at sending drug kingpins, arguing they should face justice in Mexico and refusing to send anyone to the U.S. who would face the death penalty.

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