Wednesday, May 22, 2024

El Chapo’s son added to the list of drug agency’s most wanted

The son of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, Mexico’s most notorious drug lord, has been included on the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) 10 most wanted fugitives list.

Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar, also known as Alfredillo, is wanted for conspiracy to possess, distribute, import and export controlled substances.

In 2009, the 35-year-old was indicted by a district court in the state of Illinois for drug trafficking.

The DEA profile of Guzmán Salazar identifies the suspect as having brown hair and eyes but lists his height, weight and last known address as unknown.

El Chapo, the former head of the Sinaloa Cartel who is currently incarcerated in New York awaiting trial, allegedly entrusted his son with the control of several drug routes from Mexico into the United States, whose primary final destination was Chicago.

In 2015, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), a financial intelligence and enforcement agency of the U.S. Treasury Department, ordered that any assets Guzmán Salazar holds in the United States be frozen.

The following year, Guzmán Salazar and five other Sinaloa Cartel members were kidnapped in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, by sicarios or hitmen of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) but all six men were later released.

Guzmán Salazar also gained notoriety for his clashes with Sinaloa Cartel boss Dámaso “El Licenciado” López Núñez, who was extradited to the United States in July and could potentially be a key witness against El Chapo in the trial scheduled to take place in November.

The DEA-listed fugitive was born in Zapopan, Jalisco, in 1983 and is the youngest child of Joaquín Guzmán and his first wife, Alejandrina María Salazar Hernández.

Guzmán Salazar is now one of four Mexicans on the DEA’s most wanted list along with CJNG leader Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera Cervantes, Sinaloa Cartel drug lord Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada and Guadalajara Cartel founder Rafael Caro Quintero, who kidnapped and murdered DEA agent Enrique Camarena Salazar in 1985.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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