MEX | Feb 28, 2023

US requests extradition of Ovidio Guzman, son of ‘El Chapo’, from Mexico -sources

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Members of the National Guard stand outside the Altiplano high security prison where Mexican drug gang leader Ovidio Guzman, the 32-year-old son of jailed kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, is imprisoned in Almoloya de Juarez, State of Mexico, Mexico January 7, 2023. (Photo: REUTERS/Luis Cortes)


The United States has asked Mexico’s government to extradite Ovidio Guzman, son of jailed drug boss Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, so that he can face criminal charges in a US court, two Mexican government sources told Reuters.

Mexican security forces arrested the younger Guzman, wanted on drug trafficking charges, in January after an intense firefight near the city of Culiacan, in the northern Sinaloa state, the longtime home base for his father’s still-powerful drug smuggling empire.

The January arrest triggered a wave of violence, leaving dozens dead.

‘El Chapo’ rose to power as the head of the Sinaloa Cartel, before he was extradited to the United States in 2017.

A car drives past a burning trailer set on fire by members of a drug gang, following the detention of Mexican drug gang leader Ovidio Guzman, a son of incarcerated kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who has been arrested by Mexican authorities, in Culiacan, Mexico, January 5, 2023. (Photo: Riodoce via REUTERS)

Soldiers detained Ovidio in 2019 but he was quickly released as his capture sparked a massive influx of gunmen into Culiacan.

The failed operation was a political embarrassment at the time to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

In 2021, the US State Department had offered a US$5-million reward for information leading to Ovidio’s arrest or conviction.

Ovidio has been charged in the US with conspiracy to traffic cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana into the country.

READ: Mexico arrests Ovidio Guzman, son of ‘El Chapo,’ city engulfed by violence


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