LatinNews Daily - 06 March 2023

US requests extradition of son of Mexico’s ‘El Chapo’

Mexico: On 28 February, the US asked Mexico to extradite Ovidio Guzmán López, the son of imprisoned former Sinaloa drug trafficking organisation (DTO) leader Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán Loera, according to anonymous official sources widely cited by the international media. Ovidio Guzmán was captured on 5 January in the city of Culiacán, Sinaloa state, triggering a wave of violence, and has since been held in Altiplano prison, Estado de México (Edomex). On 6 January, Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard confirmed that the US had previously presented a provisional request for Guzmán López’s arrest for extradition purposes. However, on 25 January a Mexican judge blocked his extradition while another judge on 23 January fixed the deadline of 5 March to present the formal extradition request. The high-profile capture came just days before US President Joe Biden visited Mexico for talks with Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, although Mexican government officials denied that the two events were related.

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