- According to The Associated Press, Ovidio Guzmán was apprehended in an overnight raid on Thursday.
- Guzmán had previously been charged by the DOJ with trafficking cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana.
- Guzmán was detained by Mexican authorities in 2019 as well, but he was released the same day.
The Associated Press reported that Ovidio Guzmán, the son of notorious Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, was apprehended by Mexican security forces during an overnight raid in Culiacán in northwestern Mexico on Thursday.
In a press conference later that day, Mexico’s Defense Secretary, Luis Cresencio Sandoval, announced Guzmán’s arrest.
Ovidio Guzmán fue capturado en Sinaloa, confirma Luis Cresencio Sandoval
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According to the Department of State, Guzmán is a high-ranking member of the Sinaloa Cartel. It is the same criminal organization that his father led.
Guzmán and his brother were charged with bringing cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana into the United States in 2019.
Former DEA Director Mike Vigil also stated that Guzmán’s cartel activities included fentanyl production. It is as per The Associated Press.
“This is a significant setback for the Sinaloa cartel and a significant victory for the rule of law. It will, however, not impede the flow of drugs into the United States. Hopefully, Mexico will extradite him to the United States “On Thursday, Vigil stated.
Guzmán was previously detained by authorities in October 2019. But he was quickly released the following day after armed cartel members led a violent assault on Mexican security forces in Culiacán. The city is thought to be the cartel’s main operating base.
Guzmán’s arrest also comes just days before President Joe Biden’s visit to the US-Mexico border for the North American Leaders’ Summit on Sunday. This will be his first trip to the border since taking office.