Mexico City Federal Judge stopped Joaquin “El Chapo”, Guzman’s son and alleged leader of the Mexican drug cartel Ovidio Guzman from being extradited to the United States Friday. This came a day after Guzman was arrested in an operation that resulted in the death of 29 people.
The US wants Guzman extradited for drug trafficking. They offer up to $5 Million for information leading to Guzman’s capture.
Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico’s Foreign Minister, confirmed on Thursday that an arrest warrant was issued in the USA for Guzman. However, Guzman’s extradition will not occur immediately due to legal formalities. Guzman is currently undergoing legal proceedings in Mexico, he stated.
Televisa and other Mexican media reported that Guzman was ordered by another federal judge to remain in preventive detention for 60 days to allow him to be extradited after a hearing at Altiplano federal prison, where he is currently being held.
CNN requested Guzman’s defense response, but has yet to hear back.
Video of El Chapo’s son being detained (October 2019).
31 – Source: CNNGuzman’s father “El Chapo” had escaped Altiplano prison in July 2015 via a mile-long tunnel with a motorcycle on tracks. Four years later, he was captured and convicted in the USA of 10 charges, including drug trafficking and firearms. He was sentenced for life plus 30 years in prison and ordered to forfeit $12.6 billion.
Ovidio Guzman, who was previously detained by federal authorities in October 2019, was released under the direction of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. This was to prevent further bloodshed.
This arrest came just days before Joe Biden, the US President, and Justin Trudeau, Canada’s Prime Minister, visit Mexico City for the North American Leaders Summit.
Lopez Obrador could capture Guzman to show the US he is in control of Mexico’s armed forces and security situation, Gladys McCormick, an associate professor at Syracuse University, said to CNN via email.
She added that “it also defuses any power behind any ask by the Biden administration for stemming the tide of Fentanyl and other Narcotics across the Border,”
Lopez Obrador, who spoke at a news conference on Friday denied Guzman’s arrest had been linked to Biden arriving, and said that Mexican authorities had acted independently.
“About interpretations there are many of them, they do not share us, we acted autonomously,” said the Mexican President.
Chaos erupted in Culiacan after Guzman was arrested in Culiacan Thursday. Due to clashes in many areas, authorities requested citizens to seek refuge.
According to Defense Minister Luis Cresencio Sandoval, his arrest was the result a long operation that involved 200 special forces. Local officials advised citizens to stay at home amid clashes between cartel members in different parts of the city.
After Guzman was arrested along with 21 other suspect gang members, at least 19 of them and 10 military personnel were killed in violent clashes in Sinaloa, northern Mexico. There were no civilian injuries or deaths.
The minister stated that security at Altiplano prison was better since Guzman’s arrest.
Later on Friday, the President stated that the city was calmer. Officials were clearing the roads.
Lopez Obrador stated that “In Culiacan we have opened all the roads blocked and are currently working to remove the vehicles that are along the streets.”
Culiacan’s state Sinaloa is home to the Sinaloa Cartel. It is one of the most powerful drug trafficking organizations in the world.
According to the US State Department, law enforcement investigations showed that Guzman and Joaquin Guzman–Lopez “inherited a large amount of the narcotics proceeds” after Edgar Guzman–Lopez died.
They “began investing large sums of cash in the purchase of marijuana in Mexico and cocaine from Colombia.” The State Department stated that they also purchased large quantities of ephedrine in Argentina and organized for the smuggling into Mexico of the drug as they experimented with methamphetamine manufacturing.