El Chapos sons have $5m bounties on their heads to bring down cartel

Bounties of $5 million have been offered by US authorities for information that could help federal agents arrest the sons of Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán.

The US Department of State announced the rewards after President Joe Biden signed an executive order to push the US Treasury to crack down on drug trafficking organisations after over 100,000 Americans have died from an overdose in the last year.

Ovidio Guzmán López, Joaquín Guzmán López, Ivan Archivaldo Guzmán, Jesús Alfredo Guzmán have been leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel since the infamous drug lord El Chapo was arrested in Mexico in 2014.

All three had been previously indicted on federal drug trafficking charges, according to Mail Online.

Ovidio Guzmán López, Ivan Archivaldo Guzmán and Jesús Alfredo Guzmán were all sanctioned by the Department of Treasury.

Aureliano Guzmán Loera, has been accused of 'international' drug trafficking, also has $5 million bounty, which was announced in November.

Authorities already tripled its reward for Zambada to $15 million in September.

Announcing the new bounties, the Department of State said in a statement: "For years, the United States has been in the grips of the worst drug epidemic in its history, driven by overdose deaths involving heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl and an increase in methamphetamine availability.

"Transnational criminal organizations are largely responsible for bringing these drugs and related violence to our communities."

However, the Mexican President André Manuel López Obrador warned the federal agents can't simply cross the borders to arrest the sons as he said: "If they are in national territory, it is up to the national authorities to stop it, foreign agencies are not allowed to do so."

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Earlier this month, the wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman begged for “forgiveness” as she was sentenced to prison for three years.

Emma Coronel Aispuro, 32, was sent down on Tuesday in Washington, USA, after pleading with US District Judge Rudolph Contreras to show her mercy, Reuters reports.

Coronel pleaded guilty in June to three counts of conspiring to distribute illegal drugs, conspiring to launder money and engaging in financial dealings with the Sinaloa drug cartel.

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