US Goes after Sinaloa Cartel, Including El Chapo’s Sons

Los Chapitos. Photo: Google


While Mexican President Andrés Manual López Obrador (AMLO) and his lapdog team of Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard, Security Secretary Rosa Icela Rodríguez and Attorney General Alejandro Gertz Manero were busy telling U.S. Homeland Security Advisor Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall that there is no fentanyl being produced in or trafficked through Mexico, the Joe Biden administration on Friday, April 14, filed legal charges against 28 alleged Sinaloa Cartel leaders — including three sons of notorious jailed drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán — in a comprehensive fentanyl-trafficking investigation.

The indictments were announced Friday by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and  Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Director Anne Milgram and included the names of Ovidio Guzmán López, Jesus Alfredo Guzmán Salazar and Ivan Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar, collectively known as Los Chapitos, or Little Chapos, and who are alleged to be heads of the most violent faction of that cartel.

Guzmán López is currently in custody in Mexico and has sought protection from the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) against extradition to the United States

The indictments also include warrants for several Chinese and Guatemalan citizens who are accused of supplying precursor chemicals for the production of fentanyl in Mexico.

More than 60,000 U.S. residents died from fentanyl overdoses in the United States in 2021, and the DEA has claimed that most of the fentanyl trafficked in the United States comes from the Sinaloa Cartel.

López Obrador, who has publicly embraced and defended El Chapo’s mother and who has alleged ties to the Sinaloa Cartel, has steadfastly defended the drug lord’s family and resisted their extradition to the United States.

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