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A son of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman pleaded not guilty to sweeping narcotics trafficking charges today during a brief hearing under tight security in Chicago’s federal courthouse.
Dressed in an orange jail jumpsuit and shackled at the ankles, Ovidio Guzman Lopez, 33, listened to the proceedings through a Spanish interpreter, though he occasionally answered U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman’s questions in heavily accented English.
Guzman Lopez, who was reputed to have taken over the powerful Sinaloa cartel after his father’s arrest seven years ago, was one of four El Chapo sons, nicknamed the “Chapitos,” charged in an indictment unsealed in Chicago earlier this year.
Of the sons, Guzman Lopez, who is known as “El Raton,” or “The Mouse,” was the only one in custody. He was captured in Culiacan, Mexico, in January after a bloody gunbattle that left 10 soldiers and 19 suspects dead, according to news reports.
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