The US Justice Department has announced charges against 28 members of the Sinaloa cartel, including the sons of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, in connection with a sprawling fentanyl-trafficking investigation.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the cartel is responsible for most of the fentanyl-related deaths in the US, which now average 196 per day.
The charges include accusations of violence and torture against victims, with some being fed to tigers owned by the cartel.
Chinese and Guatemalan citizens were also charged for allegedly supplying the chemicals required to make fentanyl.
The operation was orchestrated by the Sinaloa cartel, which is largely responsible for the surge of fentanyl into the US over the last eight years.
So far, eight of those charged have been arrested, and the US government is offering rewards of up to $56 million for information leading to the arrest of other members of the cartel.