Ovidio Guzman was briefly arrested after a federal police patrol came under fire from a house where he was holed up with three others on Thursday afternoon. Once the cartel learned the drug lord’s son had been apprehended, groups of armed criminals began attacking police all over the city with heavy firepower, blocking roads and setting vehicles on fire.
More cartel reinforcements heading to #Culiacán, including another up-armoured technical armed with an M2 .50 Cal machine gun.
Many of these technicals appear to have armoured windshields as well. pic.twitter.com/3h8OzHmW4E
— Jimmy (@JimmySecUK) October 18, 2019
The gunmen surrounded the house where Guzman had been nabbed “with a force greater than that of the patrol,” Security Minister Alfonso Durazo said.
To all those people who love to ask me about growing up in Culiacan. Who binge-watch all those narco shows and romanticize the capos. This is the reality of it. What real people in the real world have to endure. #Culiacan #PrayForCuliacan pic.twitter.com/UIvDktcru9
— Natalia Sandoval (@curiousnats) October 18, 2019
The attacks were so vicious that authorities opted to “suspend our actions,” lest the city degenerate further into a war zone.
— Jimmy (@JimmySecUK) October 17, 2019
Police arrived at the cartel’s compound in the city of Culiacan in full force – armed officers on foot, even trucks and jeeps with mounted weapons. But masked gunmen working for the kingpin apparently overpowered them, trading heavy gunfire that left “blazing vehicles strewn across the street” and forced locals to take shelter in schools and supermarkets as shops closed to avoid the violence.
Authorities of El Chapo’s home state of Sinaloa had no other choice but to release Guzman, in order to “protect lives,” the minister emhasized.
Mexican soldiers being overthrown by #Sinaloa cartel members at a toll booth in #Culiacán during today's shootouts. Soldiers had to shake hands with them. Who's really in charge in Mexico? pic.twitter.com/kXzHzbpj1y
— David Wolf (@DavidWolf777) October 18, 2019
However, several other cartel-linked individuals were detained and wounded, Secretary of Security of Sinaloa Cristobal Castañeda told El Financiero, adding that local authorities worked with the National Guard, the Army, and the Navy on the operation.
Culiacan, Sinaloa in Mexico is currently a war zone. I encourage everyone to go checkout the situation in Culiacan, Sinaloa online. This is after El Chapo's son was arrested there. Praying for the people of #Culiacan pic.twitter.com/qixVKKX1Av
— James A. Langnes III (@JamesLangnesIII) October 18, 2019
Joaquin El Chapo Guzman was sentenced to life in prison in the US in February for trafficking tons of illegal drugs and organizing a murder conspiracy, among other charges.
As the boss of the most powerful cartel in Mexico, he ran an enormous and complex international operation, moving drugs through tunnels and a fleet of vehicles with hidden compartments – even smuggling cocaine inside cans of jalapeno peppers.
Intense fighting has erupted in #Culiacán, where masked gunmen threw up burning barricades and traded gunfire with security forces after the arrest of one of the sons of the jailed former leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel “El Chapo"#السيسي_عميل_جيشنا_فين
— خالد نيويورك (@KhaledEibid) October 18, 2019
The notorious Sinaloa Cartel boss bribed Mexican officials – including, allegedly, former President Enrique Pena Nieto – and prison guards, allowing him to escape from his first federal maximum security prison in 2001. He managed to escape once again in 2015, through a mile-long tunnel under his jail cell constructed by cartel engineers.
His sons, Ovidio and Ivan Archivaldo, have allegedly been running the family business since El Chapo was extradited to the US in 2017. Ismael ‘’El Mayo” Zambada, the real leader of the Sinaloa cartel according to El Chapo’s lawyer, is believed to be feuding with the pair.
(SOURCE: RUSSIA TODAY)