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Ovidio Guzman, the son of the notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, has entered a not guilty plea in a US court.

Standing before a Chicago court on Monday, shortly after being extradited from Mexico, Ovidio Guzman denied all allegations against him, including drug trafficking, money laundering, and firearm offenses, according to a statement from the Department of Justice.

During the brief and securely guarded session, Guzman wore an orange prison outfit and was shackled at the ankles as he listened to the proceedings via a Spanish interpreter, as reported by the Chicago Tribune. Known as “El Raton” or “The Mouse,” he stands accused of orchestrating the shipment of various narcotics, including cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl, into the US.

The legacy of the Sinaloa Cartel, taken over by El Chapo’s offspring known as “The Chapitos” or “The Little Chapos” post his incarceration, remains under scrutiny as three other sons face indictment in the US. Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is serving a life sentence in a high-security US prison following his 2019 conviction on severe charges, including drug trafficking and murder, after being extradited from Mexico in 2017.


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