'Russian Mike': Canadian jailed in Curacao suspected of smuggling cocaine into Canada for 'El Chapo' Guzman
Brian Fitzpatrick
National Post
November 5th, 2018

A Canadian accused of working with Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is sitting in a Caribbean jail cell furiously fighting extradition to the U.S.

Mykhaylo Koretskyy -- also known as "Russian Mike" and "Cobra" -- is alleged to have shipped millions of dollars in cocaine to Canada through his links with El Chapo, the world's biggest drug kingpin since Colombia's Pablo Escobar.

Koretskyy, 43, was hauled into custody in the Dutch territory of Curacao on Jan. 3, 2018, when he stepped off an Air Canada flight from Toronto. Authorities on the island had been alerted to his arrival by a "red notice" from Interpol.

Since then, he has been battling to halt his extradition to the U.S., where he has been charged in a 2014 cocaine smuggling indictment by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

A brief subject line in an order to unseal that indictment lists El Chapo as the Canadian's alleged co-conspirator. Jury selection in Guzman's long-awaited Brooklyn trial starts today.
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