Ovidio Guzmán López, often known as “El Ratón” or “El Nuevo Ratón” (“The Mouse” or “The New Mouse”), was born on March 29, 1990, and is a prominent member of the Sinaloa Cartel, a criminal organization with headquarters in the state of Sinaloa. He is the offspring of notorious drug lord Joaqun “El Chapo” Guzmán, who was once the most sought criminal in the world and the drug lord in Mexico. The Sinaloa Cartel division known as Los Chapitos, Los Menores, and/or Los Juniors was thought to be led by Guzmán López.According to reports from 2019, Guzman, together with his brothers Iván Archivaldo, Jess Alfredo, and Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, heads the cartel.
Ovidio Guzmán Lopez and his brother Joaquin Guzmán Lopez were both formally charged in July 2017 by a grand jury that was appointed by the US Attorney for the District of Columbia on allegations of taking part in a conspiracy to traffic cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana since 2008. On April 2, 2018, a sealed indictment was submitted.
When Ovidio Guzmán López arrested?
The indictment was unsealed on December 12 only for the purpose of being disclosed in an extradition proceeding under the Jencks Act. On February 13, 2019, the indictment’s complete unsealing was mandated by Judge Rudolph Contreras.
Ovidio Guzmán López was briefly detained by National Guard personnel on October 17 in Culiacán, Sinaloa, which sparked a number of gunfights in the area. Over 700 heavily armed cartel gunmen threatened to kill many civilians, including by attacking the apartment building where the relatives of the local military soldiers live. Ovidio Guzmán was released a few hours later, and President Andrés Manuel López Obrador declared that he agreed with the decision to “avoid more carnage.”
Guzmán López was taken into custody by the authorities on January 5, 2023 in Culiacán’s Jess Mara neighborhood. Defense Secretary Luis Cresencio Sandoval later confirmed the reports of his arrest, saying that members of the Army, National Guard, Secretariat of National Defense, and Secretariat of the Navy had apprehended him and were successfully transporting him to Mexico City, where he was then brought to the offices of the Attorney General’s special prosecutor for organized crime. Later that afternoon, the Mexican Air Force transported him by helicopter to the Altiplano Federal Maximum Security Prison in Almoloya de Juárez.
During a news conference, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said that Guzmán López has been requested for extradition to the United States so that he can stand trial there. However, Ebrard also mentioned that he is also being investigated by Mexican authorities for criminal activity.