Ovidio Guzmán, son of Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, was escorted this Friday by Interpol agents from the maximum-security prison of Altiplano.
It was the U.S. Attorney General, Merrick B. Garland, who confirmed Guzmán López’s extradition to that country. According to reports from ABC News and other U.S. media outlets, the criminal leader arrived in Chicago.
This action is the latest step in the Department of Justice’s effort to target all aspects of the operations of the Sinaloa cartel. The fight against the cartels has involved incredible courage on the part of U.S. law enforcement and military service members, as well as Mexican law enforcement officers, many of whom have given their lives in the pursuit of justice,” he stated in a declaration.
‘El Ratón’ is expected to be tried for conspiracy to import drugs into the United States.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced charges in mid-April in three federal districts against several alleged leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel, including four sons of ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, for trafficking in fentanyl and other drugs.
The charges in the federal districts of Southern New York, Northern Illinois, and the District of Columbia are against about thirty individuals, including four sons of ‘El Chapo’.
The Chapitos are four sons of Joaquín Guzmán, former leader of that cartel: Iván Guzmán Salazar, 40 years old; Alfredo Guzmán Salazar (37), Joaquín Guzmán López (36), and Ovidio Guzmán López, 33, arrested last January and currently imprisoned at the federal penitentiary El Altiplano in the State of Mexico.
Justice alleges that they allegedly used cargo planes, private aircraft, submarines and other submersible vessels, container ships, supply and fishing vessels, speedboats, buses or railway cars, among others, to transport drugs and chemical precursors.