El Chapos drug lord son could be rumbled in US because of his pet scorpion

Officers believe the pet scorpion they found during a search of El Chapo's son's home could provide the evidence needed to successfully convict him.

Mexican drug lord Ovidio Guzman, the offspring of infamous former Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, was arrested last week.

He was captured in a joint National Guard and Mexican Army operation in the city of Jesus Maria, which lies in the notorious state of Sinaloa.

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When the authorities then examined Ovidio's ranch, they found bullet marks on the walls and blood stains.

There were also decorations bearing his El Raton (The Mouse) nickname, luxury-brand watches and jewellery and the scorpion which, according to Mexican national newspaper Milenio, was discovered in a fish tank in the kitchen, which contained a large bar.

And journalist Oscar Balderas has now expressed his opinion on social media networks that the predatory arachnid could be a key clue in linking El Chapo's son to fentanyl trafficking crimes.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that can be used to treat typically advanced cancer pain but is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine and has been misused in the US.

It is across the border too where drug shipments have been found with a scorpion drawn on them.

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In fact, black-and-white scorpion illustrations were first discovered attached to smuggled drugs in 2017 in San Francisco.

At the time, police authorities linked the crime and symbol to operators of the Sinaloa Cartel, without specifically identifying which one of its factions or allies it might be associated with.

It is being speculated that the discovery of the pet scorpion could be used as evidence to verify illegal operations carried out by Ovidio in the US – a country that is expected to formally request his extradition.

He is currently being held at at a maximum security federal prison called Almoloya near Toluca in central Mexico.

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