Ovidio Guzmán, 33, enjoyed the advantages of his last name and the fear it inspired. Like so many heirs, he lived off the income of being whose son he was. Some received a real estate company (to mention a famous person in the USA) and others were touched by the evil empire.
This is the case. Ovidio, one of the chapitos, descendants of media drug trafficker Joaquín el Chapo Guzmán, arrived in Chicago on Friday, extradited from a prison in Mexico. The United States Government charges him with several drug trafficking crimes and is considered one of the people responsible for the fentanyl plague that is causing thousands of overdose deaths in this country.
The son of the former Sinaloa cartel boss, who is serving a life sentence in a maximum security prison in Colorado for his penchant for escapism, was indicted in April on a dozen charges as part of the effort to fight the global tentacles of this deadly cartel. According to the indictment, they use chemicals brought from China to manufacture fentanyl, which is then distributed in the United States.
Merrick Garland, the United States Attorney General (equivalent to the Secretary of Justice), described this extradition as the latest step in the strategy to attack each and every aspect of the fight against drug trafficking associated with Sinaloa and the Guzmáns. “I am grateful to Mexico for its response and the support of its security forces. The Department of Justice will continue to work to hold accountable those responsible for fueling the opiate epidemic that is destroying so many communities in our country," Garland said in a statement.
Although Ovidio Guzmán, one of the heirs to the Chapo empire, was sent to Chicago, he also has outstanding debts in New York and Washington. The justice of the United States put the "wanted" poster on him in 2019, once his father was apparently deactivated.
He was captured in January after an armed struggle in a small town near Culiacán, capital of the state of Sinaloa. The arrest was in an operation that had a preparation of more than six months.
They were armed. His arrest took place after a massive confrontation between members of the cartel and the Mexican security forces took place in 2019, a circumstance that led President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to order the release of the drug trafficker.
Family stuff. Emma Coronel Aispuro, the last known wife of El Chapo, was released this week from a California prison after serving just under two years in prison (the sentence was 36 months) for collaborating with the cartel that her husband was the boss.