Posted: Thursday, December 16, 2021. 12:41 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The United States State Department is offering a US$5 million reward for the capture of the four sons of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
“The Department is offering rewards of up to $5 million each for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Mexican individuals Ovidio Guzmán López, Ivan Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar, Jesus Alfredo Guzmán Salazar, and Joaquín Guzmán López,” said the US State Department in a press release on December 15.
All four are high-ranking members of the Sinaloa Cartel and are each subject to a federal indictment for their involvement in the illicit drug trade.
The State Department said it is taking significant steps to disrupt and deter transnational criminal activity such as drug and firearms trafficking, human trafficking, migrant smuggling, cybercrime, and money laundering, because these “threaten global public health, safety, and U.S. national security while facilitating corruption that undermines the stability and security of partner nations”.
“For years, the United States has been in the grips of the worst drug epidemic in its history, driven by overdose deaths involving heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl and an increase in methamphetamine availability,” said a statement.
US President Joe Biden signed two new executive orders declaring a national emergency “to combat transnational criminal organizations”.
El Chapo was extradited from Mexico to the United States in January 2017 after he was recaptured in Mexico in January 2016 after having escaped a second time from prison using a mile-long tunnel.
His 32-year-old wife Emma Coronel Aispuro was sentenced to three years in jail for assisting El Chapo in running the Sinaloa Cartel.
The four sons known as Los Chapitos are wanted for taking over the business once El Chapo was imprisoned.
The US State Department also put out US$5 million bounties on Chinese nationals Chuen Fat Yip, charged with drug distribution in the United States, and Fujing Zheng and Guanghua, accused of manufacturing and distributing acetyl fentanyl, said the US State Department statement.
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