Ovidio Guzmán: Extradition of ‘El Chapo’ son to the US halted after 29 killed in arrest operation



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A Mexico Metropolis federal decide halted the extradition of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán’s son, alleged drug cartel chief Ovidio Guzmán, to america on Friday, a day after he was arrested in an intense operation in northern Mexico that led to the deaths of 29 folks.

The US is searching for Guzmán’s extradition for drug trafficking and has supplied as much as $5 million for info resulting in the seize of the person they are saying is “a senior member of the Sinaloa Cartel.”

On Thursday, Mexico’s International Minister Marcelo Ebrard confirmed that there’s an arrest warrant within the US dated September 19, 2019, however stated the doable extradition of Guzmán wouldn’t be fast because of the formalities of the regulation. He additionally acknowledged that Guzmán has ongoing authorized proceedings in Mexico.

In response to the Televisa community and different Mexican media, one other federal decide later ordered Guzmán to remain in 60 days of preventive detention for the aim of extradition after a listening to on the Altiplano most safety federal jail the place he’s being held.

CNN has requested a response from Guzmán’s protection however has not but heard again.

Video of El Chapo’s son being arrested (October 2019)


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Guzmán’s father, “El Chapo,” had escaped from Altiplano jail on July 11, 2015 by a mile-long tunnel that featured a bike on tracks. He was later captured and convicted within the US 4 years later of 10 counts, together with participating in a unbroken felony enterprise, drug trafficking and firearms fees. He was sentenced to life in jail plus 30 years and ordered to pay $12.6 billion in forfeiture.

Ovidio Guzmán was beforehand arrested by federal authorities in October 2019, however was launched on the orders of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to keep away from additional bloodshed.

His newest arrest comes days earlier than US President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau go to Mexico Metropolis to attend the North American Leaders Summit.

Capturing Guzmán may very well be a approach for López Obrador to indicate the US that he’s “in control of the armed forces and Mexico’s security situation,” Gladys McCormick, a affiliate professor at Syracuse College who focuses on Mexico-US relations, instructed CNN in an e-mail.

“It also defuses the power behind any ask from the Biden administration to stem the tide of fentanyl and other narcotics across the border,” she added.

At a information convention Friday, López Obrador denied that Guzmán’s arrest was linked to Biden’s arrival, saying Mexican authorities had acted autonomously.

“About interpretations, there are a lot of them, we do not share them, we acted with autonomy,” the Mexican President stated.

After Guzmán’s arrest in Culiacán on Thursday, chaos erupted within the metropolis. The authorities requested residents to hunt refuge because of clashes in a number of areas.

His arrest was the results of a prolonged operation which concerned 200 particular forces, Protection Minister Luis Cresencio Sandoval stated Friday. Native officers urged residents to shelter at dwelling amid clashes with cartel members in numerous components of the town.

Guzmán was previously arrested in October 2019 but was freed on the orders of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to avoid further bloodshed.

A minimum of 19 suspected gang members and 10 navy personnel died throughout violent clashes within the northern Mexican state of Sinaloa, after authorities arrested Guzmán, together with 21 others. No civilian deaths or accidents had been reported.

Safety at Altiplano jail has been elevated since Guzmán was detained, the minister added.

The President stated afterward Friday that the town was calmer and officers had been working to clear the roads.

“In Culiacán, we opened all the blocked roads and we are working on removing the vehicles that are alongside the streets,”López Obrador stated.

The state of Sinaloa, the place Culiacán is positioned, is dwelling to one of many world’s strongest narcotics trafficking organizations, the Sinaloa Cartel, of which “El Chapo” was the chief.

A soldier keeps watch near the wreckage of a truck set on fire by drug gang members in Sinaloa, following Guzmán's detention by Mexican authorities.

The US State Division wrote that regulation enforcement investigations indicated that Guzmán and his brother, Joaquín Guzmán-López, “inherited a great deal of the narcotics proceeds” following the loss of life of one other brother, Edgar Guzmán-López.

They “began investing large amounts of the cash into the purchasing of marijuana in Mexico and cocaine in Colombia. They also began purchasing large amounts of ephedrine from Argentina and arranged for the smuggling of the product into Mexico as they began to experiment with methamphetamine production,” the State Division stated.

The brothers are additionally alleged to supervise an estimated 11 “methamphetamine labs in the state of Sinaloa,” the State Division says.