The drug lord apples don’t fall far from drug lord tree or something like that. Two sons of the notorious drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman have been indicted on drug conspiracy charges.
On Thursday afternoon, the Justice Department announced that 28-year-old Ovidio Guzman Lopez and 34-year-old Joaquin Guzman Lopez were charged with conspiracy to import and distribute a variety of narcotics into the United States for about a decade from around April 2008 through April 2018.
The statement from the Department of Justice:
The case was investigated by HSI. This case is also the result of the ongoing efforts by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), a partnership that brings together the combined expertise and unique abilities of federal, state, and local enforcement agencies. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, dismantle, and prosecute high-level members of drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, and money laundering organizations and enterprises.
The department said El Chapo’s sons “conspired to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana from Mexico and elsewhere for importation into the United States.” Both sons are fugitives and are thought to be living in Mexico.
This comes a week after El Chapo was found guilty on 10 charges including engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, money laundering, and multiple counts of distributing large amounts of narcotics internationally. The 61-year-old Sinaloa Cartel boss faces a mandatory sentence of life without parole in a U.S. federal prison. Papa Guzman was extradited to the U.S. in 2017 after twice escaping from Mexican prisons. Now the U.S. government is on a mission to extradite El Chapo’s sons and put them behind bars with their father. And you thought being pressured to work at your family’s business was a difficult proposition.