He has pleaded not guilty to charges in the US. At a late-morning news conference, Robert L. Capers, the United States attorney in Brooklyn, called the extradition of Mr. Guzmán, 59, from Mexico to New York a “milestone” in the pursuit of the notorious trafficker who achieved mythic status in his homeland as a Robin Hood-like outlaw and a serial prison escapee. Federal authorities have sought Mr Guzman for more than 20 years. He faces 17 charges including drug trafficking, illegal firearms use, money laundering, and smuggling cash across the border. If convicted, he faces a mandatory life sentence. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto had initially resisted extraditing the cartel leader to the US, insisting that he should face justice at home.