Mexico extradited this Friday to USA to Ovidio Guzmán Lópezalias “The mouse”one of the heirs of the Sinaloa Cartel since his father, the drug dealer Joaquín “Chapo” Guzmánmeets life imprisonmentreported the international press.
“Today, as a result of the cooperation between law enforcement agencies of Mexico and the United States, Ovidio Guzmán Lópezleader of the cartel Sinaloahas been extradited to the United States“, reported the US Attorney General and Secretary of Justice, Merrick Garlandit’s a statement.
USA accuses him of “drug trafficking, money laundering and other violent crimes”detailed in another statement Liz Sherwood-RandallWhite House National Security Advisor, replied the AFP news agency.
Who is Ovidio Guzmán López?
Ovidio Guzmanof 33 yearsis considered the head of “The Minors”a fraction of the Sinaloa Cartel, founded four decades ago. He was arrested last January in Mexico and was imprisoned in the penitentiary center of Plateauin the state of Mexicoin the center of the country.
The arrest operation was bloody, with 29 dead -10 soldiers and 19 alleged criminals-, a product of the confrontation when members of the Sinaloa Cartel They tried to rescue their boss. Officials of the DEA and the Government accuse the Sinaloa Cartel to act with excessive brutality.
Mexican authorities accuse Guzman of crimes against health and carrying firearmsbut they are also investigating him for crimes linked to organized crime.
He had already been arrested on October 17, 2019 in the northwestern city of Culiacanbut he was released by order of the Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador in the middle of an assault by the criminal organization.
Lopez Obrador He then defended his decision, stating that a bloodbath was avoided when military personnel were surrounded by armed people.
The United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is on the warpath against Sinaloa Cartelwhich he considers to be the main person responsible for the fentanyl trafficking. This drug, 50 times more powerful than heroin, caused many of the 109,000 deaths from overdose in 2022 in the country, according to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, for its acronym in English).
Sherwood-Randall insisted that the Government of the president Joe Biden will continue to use all available tools to “vigorously counter the deadly scourge of fentanyl and other narcotics that are killing so many Americans.” And that means collaborating closely with Mexicowhere most of the fentanyl that enters the country.
According to USAMexican cartels negotiate the sale and import of chemical substances from China with those that manufacture this opioid.
The fentanyl crisis months ago led a group of US Republican congressmen to request that cartels be designated as groups “terrorists” to be able to combat them wherever they are.
Mexico He protested and, after comings and goings of authorities, the diplomatic gale subsided. Mexico is one of more than 80 countries in the global coalition against synthetic drugs.