A federal judge has approved a $1.8 billion settlement with the drug cartels in exchange for the extradition of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
The U.S. Justice Department announced the deal on Tuesday.
Guzman’s extradition has long been a political lightning rod in Mexico.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Guzman would be extradited to face charges for his role in the drug trade.
The deal would require Mexico to pay the government $9.8 million, a fraction of the $60 million it originally sought.
The U. S. has a long history of working with Mexico on extradition.
It was a tough fight to reach the agreement, however.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and his Mexican counterpart, Felipe Calderon, both said the agreement did not meet their demands.
In October, Pena said the U.s. would seek a return of Guzman, who is wanted for his involvement in the deaths of more than 100 people in the southern state of Guerrero.
“El Chapos” family and associates are expected to be extradites to the United Kingdom, where they will face trial, according to Reuters.