Feds Charge El Chapo's Sons

2 younger sons accused of conspiracy to distribute drugs in US
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2019 8:00 AM CST
Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman arrives in Ronkonkoma, NY, after being extradited to the US, on Jan. 19, 2017.   (United States Drug Enforcement Administration via AP)

(Newser) – The feds got El Chapo. Now they want two of his sons. The Justice Department on Thursday announced drug conspiracy charges against the younger sons of Joaquin Guzmán, who are accused of working to send cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine across the US border from Mexico, where both are believed to reside, per CNN. An indictment describes the efforts of Joaquin Guzmán Lopez, 34, and Ovidio Guzmán Lopez, 28, as continuing over a decade beginning in April 2008. It "smacks of a concerted attempt by the government to paint the entire family as being involved in criminal activity when the only evidence they have of it is based on cooperator testimony," one of El Chapo's lawyers says, per the New York Times. Guzman's two elder sons already face charges in the US. They also remain at large. (Read more El Chapo stories.)

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