Ovidio Guzmán López

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Ovidio Guzmán López
Born1991 (age 27–28)[1]
ResidenceCuliacan, Sinaloa
NationalityMexico
OrganizationSinaloa Cartel (suspected)[2]
Parent(s)Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, Griselda López Pérez[3]
Wanted by
Mexico, USA[4]

Ovidio Guzmán López, commonly known as "El Ratón" or "El Nuevo Ratón" ("The Mouse" or "The New Mouse"), is a Mexican suspected drug lord and high-ranking member of the Sinaloa Cartel, a criminal group based in Sinaloa. He is the son of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, once considered Mexico's most-wanted drug lord.

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Guzmán López is a son of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán. Guzmán López has been involved in his father's drug trafficking business since he was a teenager, and has taken a prominent role of the Sinaloa Cartel after his father's arrest.[5][6] He is thought to lead the cartel along with his brothers Iván Archivaldo Guzmán, Jesús Alfredo Guzmán, and Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada,[2] so on May 8, 2012, Ovidio Guzmán was sanctioned pursuant to the US Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act).[7][8]

In February 2019, US authorities charged Ovidio Guzmán with conspiracy to import and distribute illegal drugs.[9] Following an arrest warrant issued by a federal judge in Washington, DC for his arrest and extradition,[4][5] Guzmán López was briefly arrested in Culiacán, Sinaloa, by members of the Mexican National Guard on 17 October 2019, setting off several gun battles in the city.[10]

Cartel gunmen threatened mass civilian deaths, including an attack to the apartment complex housing the relatives of the local military personnel.[11][12][13] Hours later, Ovidio Guzmán was freed,[14] with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador saying he supported the decision in order to "prevent more bloodshed".[15][16][17]

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  1. ^ Linthicum, Kate (19 October 2019). "Did jailing 'El Chapo' matter? In seizing a city, the Sinaloa cartel shows it's still strong". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b Villarreal, Andrés; Verza, María (18 October 2019). "Gun battles rattle Mexican city after troops find Chapo's son". Associated Press. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Las mujeres, el talón de Aquiles de 'El Chapo' Guzmán" [Women, the Achilles' heel of 'El Chapo' Guzman]. Excélsior (in Spanish). 22 February 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  4. ^ a b Saul, Emily; Bowden, Ebony (18 October 2019). "Botched mission to capture El Chapo's son sparked by DC judge". New York Post. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  5. ^ a b Ahmed, Azam (18 October 2019). "The Stunning Escape of El Chapo's Son: It's Like 'a Bad Netflix Show'". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  6. ^ "What we know about El Chapo's son Ovidio Guzmán López". The Washington Post. 18 October 2019. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Treasury Targets Leading Figures of Sinaloa Cartel". United States Department of the Treasury. 8 May 2012.
  8. ^ "US blacklists sons of Mexico drug lord Joaquin Guzman". BBC News. 9 May 2019.
  9. ^ Chapell, Bill (17 July 2019). "Mexican Drug Kingpin 'El Chapo' Is Sentenced To Life Plus 30 Years In U.S. Prison". NPR. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Detienen a hijo del "Chapo" Guzmán en Sinaloa" [Son of "El Chapo" Guzman arrested in Sinaloa]. Proceso (in Spanish). 17 October 2019. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  11. ^ Hamilton, Keegan (17 October 2019). "El Chapo's Son Was Just Captured — Then Freed After the Cartel Attacked". Vice News. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  12. ^ Garcia, David Alire (22 October 2019). "In Mexico, El Chapo's sons add brash new chapter to crime family". Reuters.
  13. ^ Bonello, Deborah (18 October 2019). "'Arrest' of drug king pin El Chapo's son sparks fierce gun battle in Mexico". The Telegraph. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  14. ^ "Ovidio Guzmán fue liberado, confirma Alfonso Durazo" [Ovidio Guzmán was freed, confirms Alfonso Durazo]. Proceso (in Spanish). 18 October 2019. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  15. ^ "'We do not want war': Mexico president defends release of El Chapo's son". The Guardian. 18 October 2019. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  16. ^ "El Chapo: Mexican police free drug lord's son as Culiacán battle erupts". BBC News. 18 October 2019. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  17. ^ "Respaldé la liberación del hijo de El Chapo para evitar una masacre: AMLO" ["I backed the release of El Chapo's son in order to prevent a massacre: AMLO"]. Proceso (in Spanish). 18 October 2019. Retrieved 18 October 2019.