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As hunt for Chapo continues, Mexico issues warrant for his extradition to U.S.

FILE - In a Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, file photo, a poster displayed at a Chicago Crime Commission news conference in Chicago, shows Joaquin ``El Chapo'' Guzman, who was deemed Chicago's Public Enemy No. 1.   In a scheme befitting a caper movie, Mexico's most powerful drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, escaped late Saturday July 11, 2015 from a maximum security prison through a 1.5-kilometer (1 mile) tunnel from a small opening in the shower area of his cell, the country's top security official announced. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

FILE - In a Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, file photo, a poster displayed at a Chicago Crime Commission news conference in Chicago, shows Joaquin ``El Chapo'' Guzman, who was deemed Chicago's Public Enemy No. 1. ┬áIn a scheme befitting a caper movie, Mexico's most powerful drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, escaped late Saturday July 11, 2015 from a maximum security prison through a 1.5-kilometer (1 mile) tunnel from a small opening in the shower area of his cell, the country's top security official announced. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)  ((AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File))

A judge in Mexico issued a provisional warrant to detain escaped drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán based on an extradition request from the United States.

A federal official who was not authorized to be quoted by name said Thursday that court hearings would be required before the extradition could ever be carried out.

Guzmán also faces a host of Mexican charges following his July 11 escape through a tunnel from Mexico's highest-security prison.

The U.S. filed an extradition request for Guzmán on June 25, about 2½ weeks before he escaped.

Former Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said earlier that Mexico wouldn't extradite Guzmán until after he had served time for his crimes in Mexico, saying the U.S. might get El Chapo in "about 300 or 400 years."

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