The US government denied on Monday that the capture last week of Mexican drug trafficker Ovidio Guzmán, the son of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, was coordinated with US President Joe Biden’s visit to Mexico.
“Those things are not like that,” a senior US administration official said, hours after Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador met with Biden in Mexico City for a bilateral meeting on immigration and drug trafficking.
The official explained that his government is “willing to support Mexico” because of the violence that has occurred in some areas of the country due to the presence of cartels, while acknowledging that the United States has a “responsibility” in this regard for its supply of drugs. high demand.
In this regard, he explained that the Biden administration has invested in campaigns to reduce domestic drug use, and claimed that the United States and Mexico have been “very successful” in “rebuilding” their security cooperation. , which “he suffered greatly” during the presidency of Donald Trump (2017–2021).
At this Monday meeting, Biden and López Obrador will address the smuggling of fentanyl manufactured in Mexico with precursors imported from China into the United States, and seek to “expedite judicial cooperation” in drug-trafficking cases, sources he said.
The meeting comes after Ovidio Guzmán, one of the leaders of the Sinaloa cartel wanted by the United States, was arrested last Thursday in Sinaloa, where a violent day broke out that left at least 29 people dead.
Biden arrived in Mexico on Sunday to meet with Lopez Obrador on Monday and on Tuesday to attend the North American Leaders Summit, which will also be attended by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The Mexican president denied talking with Biden about Ovidio Guzmán’s capture during an hour-long trip that the two leaders made by vehicle from the airport to downtown Mexico City.