When Ovidio Guzmán was arrested, violent street fighting broke out in Mexico and 29 people died. Proceedings for drug trafficking, organized crime and money laundering are pending against "El Chapo's" son. He denies to the US authorities that he is the wanted person.
At the start of his extradition process, the son of jailed Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán denied he was the suspect originally wanted by US authorities. "I'm not who they think I am, who the US wants me to be," Ovidio Guzmán said at the trial in Mexico, local media reported. At the hearing, the 32-year-old was formally notified by a judge of the extradition request.
"El Chapo's" son is accused of multiple crimes in the United States, including drug trafficking, organized crime and money laundering. Several witnesses incriminated Ovidio Guzmán, including a former security guard from the criminal organization. His father, the former head of the notorious Sinaloa cartel, was one of the most powerful drug dealers in the world until his arrest. He was extradited to the United States and sentenced to life imprisonment there in 2019.
Ovidio Guzmán was arrested in Culiacan, northwest Sinaloa state, in January. Gang members then blocked numerous roads with burning cars and fought fiercely with police and armed forces. According to the Defense Ministry, 29 people were killed in the shooting.