Why the United States is looking for Ovidio Guzmán, El Chapo's son who became AMLO's nightmare

López Obrador and Ovidio Guzmán López (Infobae)
López Obrador and Ovidio Guzmán López (Infobae)

Ovidio Guzmán López, El Chapo's son, who was arrested on October 17, 2019, and in a few moments released in Culiacan by the Mexican authorities, after being overcome and humiliated that day by the Sinaloa Cartel, is accused in the United States of conspiracy to traffic drugs from Mexico.

On February 21, 2019, eight months before the "culiacanazo", the Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice and the Special Agent, Scott Brown, of the United States Office of National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Investigations (HSI), filed a charge against Ovid And his brother Joaquín Guzmán López, alias "The Güero" for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana to export to the United States.

"Since approximately April 2008 "and in" Mexico, the United States and other countries"Says the four-page indictment, the defendants"intentionally, knowingly, and stubbornly”Conspired to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, and 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana. The case is assigned to the judge Rudolph Contreras from the District of Columbia in Washington DC.


After the failed operation in which he was to be detained by the military in Culiacán, It was revealed that an arrest warrant was sought for extradition purposes to the United States. Joaquín and Ovidio, 34 and 29 years old, respectively, would have to be extradited to the United States, as was their father in February 2017, to be tried on these charges, which are accused by a grand jury.

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After the imprisonment of his father, the importance of Joaquín and Ovidio in the Sinaloa Cartel has grown but is still less than that of two other sons of "El Chapo", Ivan and Jesus, who direct the still active criminal organization, according to investigators, along with "El Mayo ”Zambada.


However, despite the fact that the US authorities are behind "The mouse", As it is known in the world of drug trafficking, he does not have an arrest warrant in Mexico. This was reaffirmed by the Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection, Alfonso Durazo.

Ovidio Guzmán after being captured by the Mexican military police in a residential complex near the center of Culiacán (File)
Ovidio Guzmán after being captured by the Mexican military police in a residential complex near the center of Culiacán (File)

As he stated last February, Durazo said during an interview with the coordinator of National Action, Kuri González, that to persecute the alleged drug trafficker, the Mexican authorities rely on an extradition order to the United States. "(Extradition) is a sufficient legal basis to exercise the apprehension of Ovidio Guzmán"he detailed.

A week ago, the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, remembered the episode of the failed operation to arrest Ovido Guzmán, and reaffirmed that "it was the best", so as not to unleash a war in which more than 200 people had died, according to Army estimates.

"And I think it was done very well, very well because after such a bloodshed the government was going to be left with very little moral authority and the most important thing of all is to act with rectitude, in good faith, with moral authority to be able to have political authority, especially when you are in a process of transformation, because what we cannot put at risk is the transformation of Mexico ”, express.

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"The Army, the Navy, which are helping us, act protecting, respecting human rights. And it is in no way humiliating to avoid violence. I believe that in all cases we must avoid the loss of human life"said the president.

"The mouse" He also appears in various court and treasury records in the United States for activities related to money laundering.

"El Chapo”He had a total of ten children with three different wives, four with the second and some twins with the third. "The Mouse" is the son of the second wife, Griselda López, noted for playing a key role in the escape of Joaquín Guzmán Loera.


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