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Ovidio Guzmán: why he is one of the most wanted children of Chapo by the US government

On October 17, 2019, it marked the city of Culiacán and the López Obrador administration, who demonstrated that his government withdrew from the hit men (Photo: Infobae)

It was on May 8, 2012 when the American Asset Control Office (OFAC for its acronym in English) included Ovidio Guzmán López among the la list of people with whom you should not do business, money transfers or identification of his financial operations, since in this case he was the son of Joaquin Guzman Loera, he Chapo, founder and leader of the mighty Sinaloa Cartel.

At 22 years of age, the Mouse, as it is nicknamed, He was already a recognized member of the criminal organization led by his father, a fugitive from justice after his first escape in 2001.

OFAC also designated on the list Iván Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar, current heir to a part of the empire that forged the Chapo with the main leader of the organization, Ishmael the Mayo Zambada. About Ovidio it was only detailed that he played an important role in drug trafficking activities.

“OFAC will aggressively target those who facilitate Chapo Guzman’s drug trafficking operations, including members of his family,” OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin said on that date.

In 2012 he was included by OFAC in its list of people with whom it should not do business and monitor its financial operations (Photo: Department of the Treasury)
In 2012 he was included by OFAC in its list of people with whom it should not do business and monitor its financial operations (Photo: Department of the Treasury)

During the hearing of Chapo (at the trial that led to life in prison) in Brooklyn, New York, Ovidio Guzmán López was mentioned as one of the strategists who planned the escape of the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, when he escaped from the El Altiplano prison in the State of Mexico in July 2015.

During the hearings of the trial against “El Chapo” in Brooklyn, United States, Ovidio Guzmán was mentioned as one of the strategists of the plan to prepare the second leak of his father from the El Altiplano prison, State of Mexico, occurred in July 2015.

That escape through a tunnel was operated by the Mouse and his brother, Joaquín Guzmán López. Hence, the US government would propose to act judicially with the kingpin’s sons. Until that moment, Ovidio kept a low profile, unlike Iván Archivaldo and Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar, scions of Chapo’s first marriage with Maria Alejandrina Salazar Hernandez.

Located as a member of the Sinaloa Cartel since he was 22 years old (Photo: REUTERS / Jesus Bustamante)
Located as a member of the Sinaloa Cartel since he was 22 years old (Photo: REUTERS / Jesus Bustamante)

On February 21, 2019, the Deputy Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice and the Special Agent, Scott Brown, from the U.S. Customs and Immigration Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) Office of Arizona, filed a indictment against Ovid And his brother Joaquin Guzman Lopez, alias “El Güero”, for crimes of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana to export to the United States.

Since approximately April 2008 ”and in“ Mexico, the United States and other countries“Says the indictment, four pages, the defendants”intentionally, knowingly and stubbornly“Conspired to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana. The case is assigned to the judge Rudolph Contreras of the District of Columbia, in Washington DC.

Although it took eight months for the Mexican authorities to find Ovidio, In an operation plagued with errors and due to the violent reaction of the Sinaloa Cartel, Chapo’s son was released. That Thursday, October 17, marked the history of Culiacán and the administration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Authorities arrested him but released him after chaos broke out in Culiacán (PHOTO: RASHIDE FRIAS /CUARTOSCURO.COM)
Authorities arrested him but released him after chaos broke out in Culiacán (PHOTO: RASHIDE FRIAS /CUARTOSCURO.COM)

The government withdrew. The feeling permeated the population that in Sinaloa, lThe drug traffickers and not the state forces were in command. López Obrador argued that he released Ratón because, in their pressure strategies, criminals besieged the city, attacked civilians, burned vehicles, blocked roads, freed prisoners, attacked businesses, kidnapped the military and, especially, they threatened to attack the families of the military.

Innocent lives were saved, AMLO was justified. The official balance of that black Thursday was eight dead (a member of the National Guard among them), although the local Prosecutor’s Office reported 13 fatalities. In the operation there was a detail that delayed the extraction of Ovidio: that a judge issued an arrest warrant. The 200 hitmen of the Sinaloa Cartel were deployed throughout the city to cause chaos, fear. Culiacanazo was the identification of that fateful day.

One year after that event, Mexican authorities acknowledge that they have no arrest warrant against the Mouse, except for that order for extradition purposes that the agents sought to complete on October 17 of last year in the Tres Ríos neighborhood. Free at 30, Ovidio would follow in the same steps as his brothers for drug trafficking to the United States.

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