The son of the infamous drug lord “El Chapo” has made his first court appearance in the US after being extradited from Mexico. Ovidio Guzman Lopez, also known as “The Mouse,” appeared at a Chicago court on Monday and denied drug and money laundering charges. Guzman Lopez, along with his three brothers, known as “Los Chapitos,” took over their father’s empire following his conviction for murder and drug charges in 2019. Their father, Joaquin Guzman, also called El Chapo, is the former leader of the notorious Sinaloa cartel and is currently serving a life sentence at a “super-max” jail in Colorado. The brothers inherited their father’s multibillion-dollar empire and expanded it to include synthetic drugs like methamphetamine and fentanyl, which are responsible for numerous deaths in the US. They are accused of trafficking these drugs through various means, including airplanes, submarines, fishing boats, and rail cars, generating massive profits. The brothers have denied the allegations and claim to be victims of persecution. Ovidio Guzman Lopez was captured by Mexican security forces in January, which triggered intense violence resulting in multiple deaths. His release was ordered by Mexico’s President after cartel members overpowered security forces. El Chapo’s wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, who allegedly helped plan his prison escape, was recently released from US custody after serving a short sentence.