Ovidio Guzmán, the son of the notorious drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, has been handed over to the US authorities on allegations of drug trafficking. This news follows his January arrest in Mexico, where he purportedly led the Sinaloa drug cartel operations with his sibling.
According to reliable sources, Ovidio had previously commanded the killing of a vocalist who declined to perform at his wedding ceremony. Merrick Garland, the US Attorney General, highlighted this extradition as a milestone in the ongoing efforts of the Justice Department to dismantle every facet of the cartel’s structure.
He emphasized the bravery exhibited by American and Mexican law enforcement agencies and armed forces, acknowledging those who sacrificed their lives in the quest for justice. Despite the US’s acknowledgement and appreciation, the Mexican government has yet to respond to the developments officially.
History of the Guzmán Family
The news of Ovidio’s capture comes not long after the release of Emma Coronel, a 33-year-old previously incarcerated in the US on drug trafficking charges in November 2021. Meanwhile, El Chapo, the leader of the Sinaloa cartel and Emma’s husband is serving a life sentence in a facility in Colorado.
Ovidio, also known in criminal circles as “El Ratón” (The Mouse), is a product of El Chapo’s union with Griselda López during the 80s and 90s. Ovidio was apprehended outside of Culiacán following a half-year-long surveillance mission. This arrest sparked violent reactions from the cartel, resulting in the deaths of 29 individuals and chaos involving vehicles burning to obstruct police reinforcements in Mexico City.
Furthermore, El Chapo’s family has had a tumultuous history, with multiple members involved in criminal activities. In 2008, another of El Chapo’s sons, Edgar, died in a violent confrontation between cartels. Additionally, El Chapo has several other children from different relationships, including one with Emma Coronel.
In 2020, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador initiated the release of Ovidio after a brief detention by security personnel, a decision driven by an intention to safeguard the civilian population. Ovidio then evaded authorities for 18 months before his subsequent arrest in January 2023.
The Sinaloa cartel, recognized as a formidable criminal entity operating across borders, is believed to have facilitated the smuggling of over a thousand tonnes of narcotics into the US. Its members have committed horrific acts, including kidnappings, torture, and murders, to sustain its stronghold and influence. Furthermore, they have corrupted police forces and significant political figures in Mexico and Central America to facilitate their illegal activities and evade capture.