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  • Does Ovidio Guzmán testify against his brothers?
  • The first hearing was held
  • How did the son of Chapo Guzmán declare himself?

Ovidio ‘El Ratón’ Guzmán López appeared before Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman in the Northern District Court of Illinois, in Chicago.

Ovidio was captured in January 2023 and on September 15 he was extradited to the United States.

The son of ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán is accused in a Chicago court of five counts of drug trafficking and money laundering.

He is also accused of illegal use and possession of firearms and carrying out financial transactions with the proceeds of illegal activities.

He was extradited to the US

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According to EFE, Ovidio Guzmán arrived in the United States on September 15, being confirmed by the country’s Justice Department.

«This action is the latest step in the Department of Justice’s effort to attack all aspects of operations,» Merrick Garland said.

Let us remember that the FGR had an arrest warrant for extradition purposes against the famous capo Ovidio Guzmán.

Only on April 15, Ken Salazar, US ambassador to Mexico, reported that efforts to extradite Guzmán were continuing.

Pleads not guilty

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Chapo’s son pleaded not guilty to five charges of which he is accused in the Chicago District Court for drug trafficking and money laundering, according to US media.

The also known as «El Ratón» is accused of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

In addition to being part of a criminal enterprise, as well as exporting said substances to the United States.

The accusations exposed what happened after his father’s extradition and eventual life sentence in the United States in 2019.

Triumph for the US?

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U.S. officials said Ovidio’s arrest and extradition represents a significant victory for the Biden administration.

This as a way to stop the deadly flow of fentanyl across the southern border.

However, security analysts doubted there would be a major change in US security ties with Mexico.

Guzmán was briefly arrested in Culiacán, in the northern state of Sinaloa, in 2019.

He doesn’t want to give up his brothers

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Guzmán’s lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, told reporters that his client «does not plan to cooperate against his brothers.»

Ovidio Guzman’s brothers are among the most wanted drug traffickers in the world.

Together with his brothers Iván, Alfredo and Joaquín, he led the faction known as Los Chapitos.

At the time of his arrest, Ovidio was the leading figure in Los Chapitos’ fentanyl manufacturing and distribution business.

He was not the leader of the faction

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According to Americans authorities , his older brother Ivan is the overall leader of the powerful faction.

Ovidio controlled the first fentanyl laboratory created by Los Chapitos around 2014.

He oversaw the explosion of his fentanyl trafficking activity and profits, according to US prosecutors in New York.

Two of the five charges Guzmán faces in Chicago carry a mandatory life sentence.

Ovidio Guzman’s brothers

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In accordance with Univision Los Chapitos’ commit violent acts and pay bribes to corrupt Mexican officials.

Several operators from his group were recently added to the DEA’s list of the 10 most wanted drug traffickers.

Ovidio has before him the options of cooperating with the authorities and revealing information of the organization led by their brothers.

Or face trial like his father did, who will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

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