The transfer of 33-year-old Ovidio Guzmán was the result of cooperation between Mexico and the USA in the fight against drug cartels, US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Friday (local time).
Ovidio Guzmán was arrested in Culiacán in the northwestern state of Sinaloa in January. “El Chapo’s” son is accused of several crimes in the United States, including drug trafficking, organized crime and money laundering as one of the leaders of the notorious Sinaloa Cartel.
The extradition is the latest step in the Justice Department’s efforts to combat all cartel activity, Garland said. The Department will continue to hold accountable those responsible for the opioid epidemic in the United States. In the United States, the painkiller crisis has led to nearly half a million deaths over the past two decades, according to the CDC.
Wife on the loose
It was only on Wednesday that “El Chapo’s” wife Emma Coronel (34) left prison in the USA after serving barely more than half of her sentence. Ovidio Guzmán’s father was one of the most powerful drug traffickers in the world until his arrest. He managed to escape from prison several times until he was extradited to the USA after his last arrest in 2016 and sentenced to life imprisonment there in 2019. His sons then took over part of their father’s drug business.
After Ovidio Guzmán’s arrest, gang members blocked numerous streets with burning cars and fought fierce battles with police and armed forces. According to the Defense Ministry, 29 people were killed in the shooting.
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