Bismarck man who calls himself Baby Chapo arrested for drugs

December 26, 2019 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota man who refers to himself as Baby Chapo in reference to the infamous Mexican drug lord is facing felony drug charges along with another man arrested by Bismarck police.

Geovannie Tapia-Nelson, 19, of Bismarck and Tristen DeMarrias, 20, of Fort Yates, are being held in jail on $100,000 cash bail, the Bismarck Tribune reported. Tapia-Nelson fancies himself after Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the former leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel who’s now imprisoned in the United States, police said.

A police affidavit states that Tapia-Nelson and DeMarrias are shown in Snapchat videos displaying drugs, weapons and cash. The suspects make it known the drugs are for sale, the affidavit said.

Police executed search warrants at three Bismarck residences and found scales, bags used for vacuum sealing, a marijuana grinder, weapons and substantial quantities of drugs. Tapia-Nelson had 200 grams of marijuana, a scale and THC cartridges in a backpack when he was arrested, according to the affidavit.

Court documents do not list attorneys for the two men.