United States Attorney General Merrick Garland made a big announcement on Saturday, and it’s a win for the fight against drugs. Ovidio Guzman Lopez, a major player in the notorious Sinaloa Cartel, has finally been extradited to face fentanyl trafficking charges. This is a big deal because the Sinaloa Cartel is one of the largest and most dangerous drug trafficking organizations in the world. Guzman, who is 33 years old, is following in his father’s infamous footsteps. Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, his father, was the head of the cartel before he was captured and put in a supermax prison.
This successful extradition is just one step in the Justice Department’s mission to take down the Sinaloa Cartel. United States law enforcement and Mexican law enforcement and military service members have shown immense courage in fighting against these criminals. Many have even lost their lives in the pursuit of justice. The opioid epidemic has devastated countless communities across the country, and those responsible for fueling it must be held accountable. Attorney General Garland is committed to taking down every aspect of the cartel’s operations.
The extradition of Guzman comes after a series of captures and releases in Mexico. Mexican authorities originally captured him in 2019, but he was released when the Sinaloa Cartel took control of the city where he was apprehended. Then, in January, he was captured again, and this time, the U.S. wasted no time in requesting his extradition. It’s clear that no matter where these criminals hide, the long arm of the law will reach them.
Guzman’s father, El Chapo, is famous for his prison escapes, but he was finally caught in 2016 and extradited to the U.S. He was sentenced to life in prison and ordered to pay a whopping $12.6 billion. Guzman will likely face a similar fate as his father. There are already million-dollar rewards out for his three brothers, so it seems like the entire Guzman family is deeply involved in this criminal enterprise. Let’s hope justice is served, and the Sinaloa Cartel’s operations are completely dismantled.
It’s about time we crack down on these drug cartels. They have wreaked havoc on our communities for far too long. The opioid epidemic has destroyed countless lives, and it’s time for those responsible to face the consequences. Attorney General Garland’s efforts in extraditing Guzman and going after the whole Sinaloa Cartel are commendable. We must continue to support our law enforcement agencies and provide them with the resources they need to win this fight.