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U.S. files charges against 28 Sinaloa cartel members for fentanyl trafficking

Mexico City, Mexico — The U.S. Department of Justice filed charges Friday against 28 members of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel. The charges include the three sons of drug lord Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán, and are part of an investigation into fentanyl trafficking.

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the charges along with DEA Director Anne Milgram and other federal prosecutors.

Charges were brought against cartel leaders, as well as suspected chemical suppliers, laboratory supervisors, fentanyl traffickers, security chiefs, financial operators and arms dealers.

Prosecutor’s have said the indictments also charge Chinese and Guatemalan nationals accused of supplying the chemicals needed to make fentanyl. Other defendants include those accused of operating drug manufacturing labs and providing security and weapons for drug trafficking.