Imprisoned Mexican Drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. Photo: Google

By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF

The U.S. government announced Wednesday, Dec. 15, that it will pay up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest of any of the four sons of renowned Sinaloa drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera.

The announcement was made through the U.S. State Department and specified the names of the four sons,: Ovidio Guzmán López, Ivan Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar, Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar and Joaquín Guzmán López, collectively known as Los Chapitos (Little Chapos).

“All four are high-ranking members of the Sinaloa Cartel and are each subject to a federal indictment for their involvement in the illicit drug trade,” the State Department said in a press release.

El Chapo, who famously escaped prison in Mexico several times, is currently serving a life sentence in Colorado for crimes related to drug trafficking and violence, and his wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, was sentenced to three years in a U.S. federal prison on late last month for her alleged involvement in her husband’s Sinaloa Drug Cartel.

Ovidio Guzmán López was arrested by Mexican authorities in October 2019 and then immediately released on the orders of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO).

Notwithstanding, asked about the new U.S. awards for El Chapo’s sons, AMLO, in his daily press conference on Thursday, Dec. 16, said that their arrests were “a priority objective” of his government, but added that it is up to Mexican authorities — not foreigners — to detain them if they in national territory.

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