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(CNN Spanish) -- After being extradited to the United States from Mexico, Ovidio Guzman, son of convicted drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, was transferred to a jail in Chicago, Illinois, according to the U.S. State Department.

The Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) is a federal administrative security prison located in downtown Chicago. According to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons, the MCC houses 486 prisoners, housed in high-security conditions.

The building, which was designed by architect Harry Weese, consists of 28 floors and a triangular roof. According to the Jail Data Initiative of New York University's Public Safety Lab, the prison's architectural design aims for all cells to have windows, but these are five inches wide (approximately 13 centimeters), making it impossible for prisoners to escape through them.

This prison also housed Vicente Zambada Niebla, "El Príncipe", alleged leader of the Sinaloa Cartel and key witness in the trial against "El Chapo" Guzmán, and Piper Kerman, the author of the book "Orange is the New Black".

The extradition of Ovidio Guzmán

Ovidio Guzmán López, who was captured on January 5 in Sinaloa, was imprisoned in the Federal Center for Social Readaptation (Cefereso) number 1, known as "El Altiplano", located in the municipality of Almoloya de Juárez, in the state of Mexico.

On February 27, a Mexican government source with knowledge of the case told CNN that the Attorney General's Office received a formal extradition request to the United States for Guzmán López.


Guzman Lopez faces charges of conspiracy to import and distribute cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana from Mexico and elsewhere into the United States.

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Prosecutors said that from April 2008 through April 2018, both Ovidio Guzman and his brother Joaquin Guzman Lopez conspired to distribute cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine from Mexico and elsewhere to be imported into the United States. Guzmán López also faces charges in Mexico for possession of weapons for the exclusive use of the Army and attempted murder.

The extradition of Ovidio Guzmán took place on September 15, on the eve of the celebration of the anniversary of the Independence of Mexico and days after the release of his father's wife, Emma Coronel.

Analyst David Saucedo told CNN that Guzman Lopez has two options: go to trial or reach a plea bargain scheme to get a reduced sentence.

With information from Natalie Gallón, Leyla Santiago, María Santana, Helena DeMoura and Helen Regan.

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