U.S. Department of Treasury sanctions El Chapo’s son over his siblings Los Chapitos’ drug network that smuggles fentanyl and other deadly narcotics to America
- Joaquín Guzmán López is one of Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s sons who control half of the Sinaloa Cartel connected to the Los Chapitos network
- The U.S. Department of Treasury sanctioned him Tuesday and accused of him of working closely with his brothers and being responsible for the group’s dealings
- He allegedly is in charge of the network’s ‘super labs’ that work closely with two Sinaloa-based brothers who supply the group with chemicals to produce drugs
One of Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s sons has been sanctioned in connection with his siblings’ Los Chapitos network and the organization’s trafficking of illicit fentanyl and other deadly drugs’ into the United States.
Joaquín Guzmán López allegedly works hand-in-hand with his three brothers, Iván Guzmán Salazar, Jesús Guzmán Salazar and Ovidio Guzmán López and is tasked with keeping a close eye on many of the Los Chapitos dealings, the United States Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said in a statement Tuesday.
A powerful faction of their father’s Sinaloa Cartel, the group is said to have risen to power after the notorious kingpin was arrested in Mexico in 2016 and then extradited to the United States in 2017. A federal New York court found him guilty in February 2019 and sentenced him to life in prison in July 2019.
The Department of Treasury indicated that Joaquín Guzmán López manages the Los Chapitos network’s ‘super labs,’ which are supplied by the Ludim Zamudio Lerna and Luis Zamudio Lerman, siblings who are both based out of Sinaloa.
The sanctions require all property in the control of U.S. citizens to be blocked and reported. It also prevents people from any dealings with those sanctioned.
‘Today’s action continues to disrupt key nodes of the global illicit fentanyl enterprise, including the producers, suppliers, and transporters,’ said Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson. ‘Treasury, in close coordination with the Government of Mexico and U.S. law enforcement, will continue to leverage our authorities to isolate and disrupt Los Chapitos and the Sinaloa Cartel’s operations at every juncture.’
Joaquín Guzmán López was sanctioned by the United States Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control on Tuesday for his dealings with Los Chapitos, a network operated by him and his three brothers that controls half of the Sinaloa Cartel
Following his extradition to the United States in 2017, Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s four sons rose to power to control half of the Sinaloa Cartel
Joaquín Guzmán López was indicted for the first time in 2018 when the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia slapped him with federal drug trafficking charges. He has also been indicted in several superseding indictments in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on April 14.
The United States Department of State is offering a $5 million reward for information leading to his arrest and/or conviction.
There are also $10 million rewards being offered for information leading to his arrest and/or conviction of Ivan Guzmán Salazar and Jesús Guzmán Salazar.
Meanwhile, Ovidio Guzmán López is locked in a Mexico City prison fighting to avoid his extradition to the United States.
United States Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control also sanctioned Raymundo Pérez, who is allegedly the head of a network that supplies the Sinaloa Cartel with precursor chemicals that are necessary to produce drugs.
The U.S. Department of State is offering a $10 million reward for information that leads to the arrest and/or conviction of Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar, one of Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s four sons who operate half of the Sinaloa Cartel under the Los Chapitos network
Ivan Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar (pictured) is one of Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s three sons who are wanted by the U.S.
Also sanctioned was Saul Paez, a cousin of Joaquín Guzmán López and Ovidio Guzmán López, who is responsible for reportedly coordinating shipments of drugs.
The federal agency also included Mario Ogazon among those who were sanctioned and accuse him of buying precursor chemicals from Ludim Zamudio Lerma. He allegedly is involved with the operations of the cartel’s labs.
The feds also sanctioned Sumilab, S.A., de C.V., a chemical and lab equipment based in Sinaloa, that provides and ships precursor chemicals ‘for and to Sinaloa Cartel members and associates.’
A second business, identified as real estate company Urbanization, Real Estate and Construction Works, S.A. de C.V., was also sanctioned.
According to the DEA, Los Chapitos provide fentanyl to 27 cities across the United States
U.S. prosecutors allege that Los Chapitos receive precursor chemicals to produce fentanyl from China and then manufacture it at clandestine labs in Mexico before smuggling it to the United States
The firm is ‘being owned, controlled, or directed by, or having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly’ of Mario Ogazon.
The sanctions were handed down after Los Chapitos released a letter to Mexican news network Milenio and declared that they ‘are not the head of the Sinaloa Cartel nor are we interested in being.’
In the missive, the siblings stated that ‘what does exist is a countless number of small and large groups that have their base of operations in the state or are made up of people from Sinaloa and operate in other parts of the country or even in other parts of the world.’
In addition, Los Chapitos slammed the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the April 14 press conference where agency administrator Anne Milgram released details of charges against the Sinaloa Cartel and accused Los Chapitos of being at the forefront of the organization’s ‘most prolific fentanyl trafficking operation in the world.’
The indictment accused Los Chapitos of flooding the streets of the United States with fentanyl over the last eight years, leading to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans.
According to the DEA, Los Chapitos provide fentanyl to 27 cities across the United States.
‘The fame of our name reached an unsuspected position. We have never worked with fentanyl,’ the letter read. ‘However, in Sinaloa there are many who work it. That is why there are seizures, which have a first and last name, [investigations].
‘It’s easy to know who really owns all those seizures. We have never knowingly established relationships with people who traffic fentanyl. We want to make the following clear: Iván will never say or say ‘we will flood the streets of the United States with fentanyl.’
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