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March 24, 2019

El Chapo’s sons followed his criminal footsteps, say feds in drug conspiracy indictment

February 22, 2019
FILE- Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman arrives at Long Island MacArthur Airport after being extradited to the U.S. to face drug trafficking charges. (United States Drug Enforcement Administration via AP)

They’re Chapos off the old block.

A federal grand jury indicted two of El Chapo’s sons on drug trafficking charges, the Justice Department said Thursday.

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Joaquin (El Guero) Guzman Lopez, 34, and Ovidio (El Raton) Guzman Lopez, 28, are accused of conspiring to distribute cocaine, meth and pot from Mexico and other areas to be sold in the U.S. between 2008 and 2018, says the indictment filed in Washington D.C. Federal Court.

The indictment was handed up in April 2018, and finally unsealed last week.

Both men are still at large. Authorities believe they’re in Mexico.

Mexican drug lord El Chapo — whose real name is Joaquín (El Chapo) Guzmán Loera — was convicted of drug trafficking charges last week in Brooklyn Federal Court. The anonymous jury decided Guzman led the powerful, murderous Sinaloa Cartel.

Chapo’s beauty queen wife and family helped the drug lord run his empire, and a cartel turncoat testified that two of his six sons, Ivan Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar and Jesus Alfredo Guzmán Salazar, ordered the murder of an acclaimed journalist.

Chapo’s wife and sons also oversaw his dramatic 2015 escape from a Mexican prison, which involved a motorcycle and a secret underground tunnel.

With Molly Crane-Newman

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