The Attorney General of the United States, Merrick Garland, stated this Wednesday that he will request the arrest and extradition of all "Los Chapitos", as the children of the Mexican drug trafficker Joaquín "Chapo" Guzmán are known, as he already did with Ovidio Guzmán López.
In addition to Ovidio, the Mexican clan is made up of his brothers Joaquín, Iván Archivaldo and Jesús Alfredo Guzmán, who are fugitives.
All of them, in command of the Sinaloa cartel since the imprisonment of their father, who is serving a life sentence in a US prison, are accused of federal drug trafficking charges in the United States.
"Obviously we have indicted the other Chapitos," said Garland, who is also Secretary of Justice, during a session of the judiciary committee of the House of Representatives of Congress, without wanting to go into diplomatic details.
All of Los Chapitos "have been publicly accused and of course we will seek the extradition and arrest of all those we have accused," he said in response to a question.
The United States has recently praised the collaboration of the Mexican authorities in the extradition of Ovidio Guzmán López, but Garland considered, as other senior officials have done in the past, that the cooperation is not as effective as it should be.
«I would say that cooperation can always be better; "We have a huge problem regarding fentanyl that comes from Mexico, its manufacturing there, from the precursors that come from China," he declared.
The United States Anti-Drug Agency (DEA) is on the warpath against the Sinaloa Cartel, which it considers to be the main person responsible for fentanyl trafficking.
This drug, 50 times more powerful than heroin, has caused a good part of the 109,000 deaths from overdoses in 2022 in the country.
According to Washington, Mexican cartels negotiate the sale and import from China of chemicals called precursors with which they manufacture this opioid.
Garland recalled, however, that the arrest last January of Ovidio Guzmán López has resulted in the death of "a significant number" of members of the security forces.
Ten soldiers and 19 alleged criminals died in the arrest operation, when members of the Sinaloa Cartel tried to rescue their boss.