US calls on Mexico to extradite 'El Chapo' Guzman's son
Ovidio Guzman, the son of El Chapo, was arrested on January 5 by Mexican authorities.
The United States has formally requested Mexico to extradite drug trafficker Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman's son, Ovidio Guzman, who was arrested earlier this year, Mexican government sources said Monday.
The U.S. Embassy presented the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Attorney General's Office with a filing that details the charges against Ovidio Guzman, accused of being a leader of the cartel of Sinaloa, said a government source who did not wish to be identified.
Son Guzman was arrested on January 5 in Culiacan during an operation that resulted in the deaths of 10 servicemen and 19 suspected offenders.
Authorities and experts believe the 32-year-old took over the Sinaloa Cartel with his three brothers after the father was arrested.
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is escorted by federal agents upon his arrival in New York, following his extradition from Mexico, January 19, 2017.
Joaquin El Chapo Guzman is serving a life sentence in a Colorado prison in the United States, after being convicted in 2019 by a court in Brooklyn for drug trafficking and money laundering. He was extradited in 2017.
After his own arrest in early January, Ovidio Guzman obtained a judicial stay to prevent his immediate surrender to American justice. A Mexican judge had given until March 5 for the United States to submit an extradition request.
The United States government seeks extradition for x27;Ovidio Guzman and one of his brothers for their alleged responsibility for the export of cocaine, methamphetamines and cannabis.
Washington had offered five million reward dollars for each of them.
Mexico charges Guzman Jr. with health offenses and possession of firearms. Justice has opened investigations into him for belonging to organized crime.