Ovidio Guzmán López, the son of former Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán, was extradited from Mexico to the US on Friday to face drug trafficking charges, according to a statement from US Attorney General Merrick Garland.
According to Garland, “This action is the most recent step in the Justice Department’s effort to attack every aspect of the cartel’s operations,” Requests for comment from the Mexican government were not immediately answered.
Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of “El Chapo,” was just freed from a Texas federal jail after serving a three-year term for managing her husband’s drug enterprise, only two days prior to the extradition.
Guzmán López, also known as “the Mouse,” was apprehended by Mexican security agents in January in Culiacán, the state capital of Sinaloa.
Three years prior, the authorities attempted to apprehend him but gave up after his cartel associates sparked a wave of bloodshed in the capital of Sinaloa. Following the arrest in January, similar violence broke out in Culiacán, killing 30 people, including 10 military soldiers.
The army engaged the cartel’s truck-mounted.50-caliber machine guns with Black Hawk helicopter gunships.
Two military planes were shot at by cartel gunmen, forcing them to land. The gunmen were then dispatched to the city’s airport, where they opened fire on both military and civilian aircraft.
A few days prior to President Biden’s trip to Mexico for bilateral talks and the North American Leaders’ Conference, the capture occurred. Wide-ranging indictments against Guzmán and his brothers, commonly nicknamed as the “Chapitos.” were released by US authorities in April.
They described in detail how the brothers led the cartel more and more toward synthetic substances like methamphetamine and the potent synthetic opioid fentanyl after their father’s extradition and subsequent life sentence in the U.S.
Their intention, according to the Manhattan indictment, was to make enormous amounts of fentanyl and sell it for the lowest possible price. Because fentanyl is so inexpensive to produce, the cartel allegedly makes enormous profits even when selling the medication wholesale for just 50 cents per tablet.
The Chapitos rose to prominence for their outrageous violence, which seemed to exceed any restraint displayed by preceding generations of cartel leaders.
A top concern in the bilateral security partnership now is fentanyl.
Although the U.S. government and his own military have claimed that Mexico produces fentanyl, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has refuted these claims, describing Mexico as a transit country for precursors originating from China and headed for the United States.