El Chapo’s sons ‘Los Chapitos’ charged after ‘feeding people ALIVE to tigers’
EL CHAPO’s sons horrifically tortured their rivals before feeding them alive to their favorite tigers, US prosecutors have claimed.
Four of the drug lord’s descendants, known as “Los Chapitos,” have been accused of running a massive fentanyl supply operation in the United States along with other members of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel.
Joaquin Guzman Lopez, 36, Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, 37, and Ivan Guzman Salazar, 40, are accused of leading the criminal empire focused on drug trafficking and torture.
The US warned they were “attacking the entire network” as part of a crackdown on opioids, while the trio remain at large and continue to run the organization.
The Drug Enforcement Administration even put a $10 million bounty on Alfredo’s head in hopes of tracking him down.
Her sibling Ovidio Guzman Lopez, 33, is already behind bars after being arrested on January 5 following a massive shooting that left at least 29 dead.
Another 24 people, including some who acted as drug “producers and distributors” and “managers” of armed security forces, were also charged.
The brothers reportedly tested their drugs on prisoners before inflicting the most appalling torture and depravity imaginable.
Her notorious father and former Sinaloa Cartel leader, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, is currently serving a life sentence in the United States.
Prosecutors say their fentanyl empire was fueled by Chinese chemical companies, which have since been sanctioned.
To test the effectiveness of the opioids, the Sinaloa Cartel allegedly conducted deterrent experiments on hostages before killing them.
According to the Southern District of New York indictment, rival traffickers and officials who threatened the cartel’s goals were routinely put on the chopping block.
The victims are said to have been taken to a ranch owned by Ivan Salazar – the leader of the Los Chapitos pack – where they were tied up and tortured for information.
The headquarters were reportedly littered with military weapons, including bazookas, machine guns, grenade launchers and armored trucks.
Rivals and those who refused to cooperate during interrogation reportedly faced the ultimate punishment of being fed — dead or alive — to pet tigers owned by the Salazar brothers.
Attorney General Merrick Garland called it the “largest, most violent and most prolific fentanyl trafficking operation in the world.”
He claimed that on one occasion, two of the Chapos “tested the effectiveness of the cartel’s fentanyl on restrained individuals.”
“In another case, these defendants experimented on a woman they were supposed to shoot. Instead, they repeatedly injected her with fentanyl until she overdosed and died.”
Garland then referenced a third incident in which an “addict died testing a batch of the cartel’s fentanyl,” and said the drugs were shipped to the United States anyway.
The cartel is said to have started to focus on the fentanyl trade when El Chapo’s sons took over the illegal company.
Anne Milgram, chief of the US Drug Enforcement Agency, said the family would “kill, kidnap and torture anyone who gets in their way.”
“In Mexico, they fed their enemies alive to tigers, electrocuted them, waterboarded them and shot them at point-blank range with a 50-caliber machine gun,” she told a news conference on Friday.
El Chapo’s son, nicknamed “The Mouse,” is currently awaiting extradition to the United States after being arrested in Mexico earlier this year.
Ovidio Guzman Lopez faces a life sentence after being charged with six counts including conspiracy to import and distribute fentanyl.
But his capture wasn’t peaceful when cartel gunmen broke into an airport to recapture the notorious drug lord’s son.
The cartel’s armed wing set up roadblocks along Sinaloa’s freeways and opened fire on army planes during the chaos.
Security forces were forced to free Ovidio in 2019 after he was briefly arrested as the cartel launched an all-out war in the streets.
The forced release, personally ordered by President Lopez Obrador after authorities were overwhelmed by the cartels, was an embarrassing setback for the Mexican government.
Ovidio has allegedly helped run the notorious Sinaloa Cartel since his father’s extradition to the United States in 2017.
Authorities believe he is also behind the murders of whistleblowers, a rival drug dealer and a popular Mexican singer who refused to sing at his wedding.
El Chapo is currently serving life in prison for smuggling hundreds of tons of drugs into the United States over a 25-year period.
The 66-year-old was convicted in 2019 of multi-billion dollar trafficking and conspiring to murder his enemies.
He is being held in the most secure federal prison in the United States, Supermax ADX Florence in Colorado.