Washington DC - Authorities of the United States (US) offered a reward of US $ 5 million (Rp 71.5 billion) for any information that led to the arrest of four drug kingpins from Mexico. One of them is the brother of Mexico's top drug lord, Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, who is currently imprisoned in the US. As reported by Reuters and AFP on Saturday (11/6/2021), Aureliano Guzman Loera, who is El Chapo's brother, is accused of operating under the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico. The other three suspects were identified as Ruperto Salgueiro Nevarez, Jose Salgueiro Nevarez and Heriberto Salgueiro Nevarez. The three are still brothers.
The US Department of Justice and the US State Department, on Friday (5/11) local time, announced that the four were charged with violating US drug laws. "Indicted in US indictments for violations of US drug laws, including international conspiracy to distribute marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and fentanyl," State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a separate statement.
Fighting trafficking in fentanyl -- a synthetic opioid that's 50 percent stronger than heroin -- is a top priority for US law enforcement agencies. According to provisional data from the National Center for Health Statistics, the death toll from fentanyl overdoses jumped to more than 93,000 people throughout 2020. El Chapo, who led the Sinaloa drug cartel, was arrested and extradited to the US in 2017. He is being held in a high-security prison in the US after being tried and sentenced to life in prison by a US court in 2019.