(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- The US has asked Mexico to extradite the 32-year-old son of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, whose arrest in January sparked a violent backlash from the Sinaloa cartel, CBS News reported.
Ovidio Guzman has allegedly been helping to run the Sinaloa drug cartel since 2017 after his father was handed over to the US. He was apprehended in January just days before President Biden visited Mexico for trilateral talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
The US Embassy in Mexico City presented the request for extradition to the Mexican attorney general’s office and the foreign ministry, according to Mexican government sources who spoke with Reuters.
The 32-year-old Guzman obtained a court order in January blocking his immediate extradition to the US. The judge also ordered the United States to present an extradition request by March 5.
Ovidio is accused of overseeing almost a dozen meth labs in Sinaloa, as well as conspiring to distribute marijuana and cocaine, according to US officials. The US had offered a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture.
Guzman is also accused of ordering the murder of informants and a drug trafficker, as well as a Mexican singer who refused to sing at his wedding.
He had previously been arrested in 2019 but President Obrador ordered him to be freed after the cartel launched an all-out war over his arrest. This aborted arrest elevated Guzman’s standing within the cartel, though, he is still not one of El Chapo’s best-known children.
Ovidio’s brothers Iván Archivaldo Guzman and Jesús Alfredo Guzman are believed to be the two sons who run their father’s cartel along with Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada. The two Guzman brothers are known as “the little Chapos,” or “Los Chapitos.”
Their father is serving a life sentence in a US prison for drug trafficking. Over the course of 25 years, El Chapo trafficked hundreds of tons of drugs into the United States.