Ovidio Guzman, the boss of a drug gang and the son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was detained by Mexican security agents on Thursday ahead of US President Joe Biden’s visit the following week.
Three members of the security forces have been killed in conflicts in the state of Sinaloa due to the arrest, which has caused a wave of fatal riots across the nation. Due to the ensuing violence, Culiacan’s airports and schools had to be closed.
Gang members blocked roads and set fire to cars in their rage over the arrest. They also targeted a nearby airport. Gunfire struck two aircraft, one of which was about to take off when it was struck.
“As we were accelerating for take-off, we heard gunshots very close to the plane, and that’s when we all threw ourselves to the floor,” Tellez, a passenger on one of the planes, said about the incident. Three airports in Sinaloa had to cancel more than 100 flights.
In Culiacán, Ovidio Guzman was detained after a six-month surveillance operation. An unsuccessful attempt to capture Ovidio three years prior resulted in the humiliation of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration.
At a press briefing, defense minister Luis Cresencio Sandoval revealed the 32-year-old prominent Sinaloa Cartel member’s arrest. He has been wanted since the prior attempt at arrest, and according to Sandoval, he is currently being held in Mexico City.
According to Sandoval, Guzmán-López, also known as “The Mouse,” is thought to be the boss of a division of his father’s infamous Sinaloa cartel. It is one of the world’s most prominent organizations involved in drug trafficking.
Videos on social media appeared to depict intense fighting overnight in Culiacan. Gunfire from the chopper can be seen illuminating the sky.
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