Like father, like sons.
Two of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán’s kids have been indicted on drug conspiracy charges — with federal prosecutors accusing them of hatching a decade-long plot to smuggle cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine into the US from Mexico.
Joaquin Guzman Lopez aka “El Guero” and Ovidio Guzman Lopez aka “El Raton” were charged in a one-count indictment Thursday, which says the brothers conspired to distribute the drugs “in or around” April 2008 through April 2018.
According to the Justice Department, Joaquin and Ovidio “did knowingly, intentionally, and willfully combine, conspire, confederate and agree to distribute” five kilos or more of cocaine, 500 grams or more of meth and 1,000 kilos or more of pot.
The men — ages 34 and 28, respectively — are both believed to be on the run in Mexico.
Their father was convicted on various drug trafficking charges last week and is facing a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment. Chapo’s sentencing is scheduled for June 25.
News of his sons’ indictment follows a bombshell report Wednesday that jurors seated on Chapo’s trial routinely ignored the judge’s instructions and were so afraid of one another they only used nicknames.
The notorious drug lord is believed to have fathered as many as 15 children during his reign of terror — four of whom are or were allegedly involved with the cartel.
The group allegedly includes Joaquin and Ovidio, and two other sons named Ivan and Alfredo.