Why Ovidio Guzmán was extradited to the United States and what penalty he could receive

Ovidio Guzmán was extradited to the United States on September 15, 2023

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What is Ovidio Guzmán accused of in the United States?

On September 15 of this year, the extradition of Ovidio Guzmán, son of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, from Mexico to the United States. The young man, 33 years old, He was extradited because he is accused of five charges:

  • Being part of a criminal enterprise continues
  • Conspiracy to distribute drugs
  • Drug traffic
  • Trafficking, use and carrying of firearms
  • Money laundering

Ovid is imprisoned in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago, Illinois, and he already had his first hearing. “El Ratón”, the nickname by which he is also known, pleaded not guilty to all criminal charges against him.

Ovidio Guzmán is expected to be tried in Illinois and then taken to NY where he faces charges of drug trafficking, weapons and money laundering with his brother Joaquín Guzmán López and his stepbrothers, Iván Archivaldo and Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazarin addition to the leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel, among others.

Sentence of Ovidio Guzmán

In an interview with Infobae, Mike Vigil, former DEA agent, pointed out that it is very possible that Ovidio Guzmán is sentenced to life imprisonment for all the charges he faces in the states of Illinois, Columbia and especially in New York.

“It is possible (that he will be sentenced to life imprisonment) because he is accused in New York and they have the best prosecutors there. They handle very complex conspiracy cases like this, so it will make it very difficult for Ovidio to escape justice,” explained the former DEA agent.

With 30 years of experience, former agent Vigil assured that the extradition of “El Ratón” would not have a major impact within the Sinaloa Cartel and they would be operating normally.