Ovidio Guzman-Lopez is one of four children born to Joaquin Guzman and his second wife Griselda Guadalupe Lopez and was born in 1990 in the town of Badiraguato.
When his older brother Edgar Guzmán-López was shot dead in 2008, Ovidio and his brother Joaquín Guzmán-López inherited a stake in their father’s global narco-trafficking empire, according to the US State Department.
El Chapo was during that period the most wanted drug kingpin in the world, running his cartel from the mountainous western Mexico state of Sinaloa while always remaining one step ahead of authorities.
The two Guzman brothers began purchasing large amounts of marijuana in Mexico and cocaine in Colombia, the US State Department claims.
They expanded their operation to purchasing large amounts of ephedrine, a precursor to meth, from Argentina and smuggling it into Mexico.
In 2012, the US Treasury Department designated him and another brother, Iván, as key lieutenants in the Sinaloa cartel.
After his father’s arrest and extradition to the United States in 2017, Guzman assumed the leadership of the Sinaloa Cartel along with three of his brothers, according to the US State Department.
The Guzmán-López brothers oversee 11 drug labs in the state of Sinaloa that produces 3,000 to 5,000 pounds of pure methamphetamine each month.
Methamphetamine is sold wholesale to distributors in the United States and Canada.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a $5m reward for information leading to his arrest after he was indicted on drug trafficking charges by a US grand jury in 2018.
The State Department says that Ovidio Guzman has also ordered the murders of informants, a drug trafficker, and a “popular Mexican singer who had refused to sing at his wedding”.