Police escorting drug kingpin Damaso Lopez before being transferred to a federal prison in Ciudad Juarez. Picture: PGR/Handout via Reuters
Police escorting drug kingpin Damaso Lopez before being transferred to a federal prison in Ciudad Juarez. Picture: PGR/Handout via Reuters
Security agents escort Damaso Lopez, nicknamed "El Licenciado," sitting inside truck behind right, outside an apartment building in the Anzures neighbourhood of Mexico City in 2017. File picture: Marco Ugarte/AP
Security agents escort Damaso Lopez, nicknamed "El Licenciado," sitting inside truck behind right, outside an apartment building in the Anzures neighbourhood of Mexico City in 2017. File picture: Marco Ugarte/AP
Accused drug kingpin Damaso Lopez, nicknamed “The Graduate”, is escorted by police officers in Mexico City. File picture: Carlos Jasso/Reuters
Accused drug kingpin Damaso Lopez, nicknamed “The Graduate”, is escorted by police officers in Mexico City. File picture: Carlos Jasso/Reuters

Mexico City — Mexico's federal attorney general's office says Friday that accused drug lord Damaso Lopez has been extradited from the border city of Ciudad Juarez to the United States.

Lopez is known by his alias "El Licenciado," a title for college graduates.

He is facing US charges of conspiring to distribute cocaine and commit money laundering and could face life imprisonment if convicted.

Lopez was the right-hand man of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and helped him escape from a Mexican prison in 2001.

Later, he battled Guzman's son for control of the Sinaloa cartel after the kingpin was captured in 2016.

Lopez was arrested in Mexico City in 2017.

This frame grab from video shows Damaso Lopez, known by the nickname "El Licenciado," escorted by police after his capture at an upscale apartment building on a major boulevard in Mexico City, in 2017. File picture: Jorge Barrera/AP

Mexican officials blame him for violence in the Pacific coast states of Sinaloa and Baja California.

AP