Authorities have finally found and extradited Ovidio Guzman (Picture: REX/AP)
The son of incarcerated drug lord El Chapo has been extradited to the US from Mexico on fentanyl trafficking charges.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said Ovidio Guzman had been extradited, calling it the latest step in US efforts to attack ‘every aspect’ of the drug trafficking operations run by the Sinaloa Cartel long associated with the Guzman family.
‘I am also grateful to our Mexican government counterparts for this extradition,’ Garland said in a statement.
‘The Justice Department will continue to hold accountable those responsible for fueling the opioid epidemic that has devastated too many communities across the country.’
Guzman was briefly arrested in Culiacan in 2019 but was released on the orders of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to avoid bloodshed when his cartel struck back.
After intense fighting in the Mexican state of Sinaloa he was captured in January.
Guzman had been taken out of a maximum security prison to be flown across the border, according to news network Milenio.
The US government asked for Guzman’s extradition in February so he could face drugs charges in a US court.
Caption: FILE – This frame grab from video, provided by the Mexican government, shows Ovidio Guzman Lopez being detained in Culiacan, Mexico (Picture: AP)
Guzman when he was arrested on suspicion of drug-related charges (Picture: FBI/ZUMA Press Wire/Shutterstock)
Burning vehicles are seen crossed in the street during an operation to arrest Ovidio Guzman (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)
Guzman and his brothers allegedly controlled extensive international operations in the fentanyl trade, according to US court documents.
They reaped hundreds of millions of dollars in profits by ‘flooding’ the United States with the deadly opioid.
The State Department offered a $5 million reward for information leading to Ovidio’s arrest or conviction in 2021.
El Chapo Guzman rose to prominence at the helm of the Sinaloa Cartel.
He was extradited to the United States in 2017 after twice escaping from prison in Mexico.
The elder Guzman is now at a high-security ‘Supermax’ lock-up in Colorado.
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