Ovidio Guzman, the son of notorious drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, has been extradited to the United States by Mexican authorities on drug-trafficking charges, US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced.
Ovidio Guzman, also known as El Raton (The Mouse), is suspected, together with his brother, of the influential Sinaloa cartel founded by their father, and is also accused of ordering the murder of a singer who refused to would sing at his wedding.
“This is the latest step by the Justice Department to undermine every step of the cartel’s operations,” said Minister Garland, adding that the fight against the cartels also includes the “incredible” courage of American and Mexican police officers, soldiers and others. At the same time, he thanked the Mexican government for helping to extradite Guzman to the United States. Mexican authorities have not yet commented on the incident.
Guzman was extradited days after the release of Emma Coronel, El Chapo’s 33-year-old wife, from prison in the United States, who was sentenced to prison for drug trafficking in November 2021. It is known that El Chapo is serving a life sentence for leading the Sinaloa cartel prison term in a maximum security prison in Colorado.
According to the BBC, Ovidio Guzman is one of the four children born to El Chapo in his relationship with Griselda Lopez. The eldest Edgar died in 2008 in a shootout between cartels.
The “mouse” was arrested in January this year after a six-month surveillance operation in the northwestern city of Culiacan. The arrest was dramatic, with shootings and burning of cars. Bloody violence followed, in which at least 29 people died, including ten soldiers, and at least 28 people were injured.
Ovid Guzmán was already imprisoned by the Mexicans in 2019, but was quickly released when the cartel launched an all-out war.