Ovidio Guzmán López is a wanted drug kingpin and high-ranking member of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel.
Ovidio Guzman, often known as “The Mouse,” is a high-level leader in the Sinaloa Cartel after his father was arrested in 2016 and extradited in 2017.
He was identified as a “Key Lieutenant” of his father, infamous drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán, and the Sinaloa Cartel by the Office of Foreign Assets Control.
Is Ovidio Guzman Arrested?
Ovidio Guzmán-López was transferred to Mexico’s Federal Social Readaptation Center No. 1 after being apprehended following a brutal operation on January 5, 2023.
In 2019, Ovidio was temporarily jailed but released in order to stop his gang’s violent response in Culiacan.
The latest Cartel Leader detention comes only days before a summit of North American leaders in Mexico City the following week, which US President Joe Biden will attend and where authorities will discuss security issues.
NCB stated in October 2019 that the government was embarrassed by the forces’ failed arrest of Ovidio, showing the challenges in combatting the cartels that control large portions of Mexico.
The military operation to seize Ovidio Guzmán-López, the son of Mexican drug lord “El Chapo,” is said to have killed at least 29 people.
Following Ovidio’s arrest, snipers began assaulting planes at Sinaloa airport, resulting in the cancellation of over 100 flights.
What Happened to Ovidio Guzman?
According to accounts, the arrest of Mexican drug cartel leader Ovidio Guzman on January 5, 2023, provoked a violent reprisal by gang shooters and resulted in the closure of the airport in the city of Culiacan.
According to Defense Minister Luis Cresencio Sandoval, who announced the arrest during a press conference, security agents seized the 32-year-old renowned Sinaloa Cartel member.
“Ovidio was currently being held in Mexico City,” confirmed Sandoval. He was finally arrested three years after the government was humiliated during an attempt to detain him.
According to social media videos, a fierce battle occurred overnight in Culiacan, the capital of the northern state of Sinaloa, with helicopter gunfire lighting up the night sky.
What Are the Charges Leveled Against the Cartel Leader?
The US issued a $5 million reward for information leading to The Cartel Leader’s capture or conviction.
Although the allegations against the cartel chief are unclear, he is similar to his father, who is serving a life sentence in Colorado’s Supermax, the most secure U.S. federal prison.
According to the San Diego Times, Ovidio’s cartel is one of the world’s most formidable drugs trafficking gangs.
The Cartel Leader has been charged in the United States with conspiring to smuggle marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine into the country.
Ovidio is in charge of methamphetamine production facilities in Sinaloa that manufacture “3,000 to 5,000 pounds” of the stimulant each month, according to the State Department.
Furthermore, according to evidence presented by the State Department, he directed the murder of many others, including a well-known Mexican singer who had refused to perform at his wedding. The Sinaloa Cartel and the CJNG are responsible for the majority of fentanyl entering the United States, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.