Mexican authorities arrest son; Mexican authorities have arrested Ovidio Guzmán. The son of notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán. A Mexican federal government source told AZ24 News in a dramatic operation in the northern state of Sinaloa on Thursday. That led to clashes around Mexico City. Culiacan.
His arrest comes days before President Biden is expect to stop in El Paso. Visit the southern border before meeting with North American leaders in Mexico.
In a press release issue by the US State Department on December 16, before his arrest. Guzmán is called “a high-ranking member of the Sinaloa cartel.”
He was previously arrest by federal authorities in October 2019. But released on the orders of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to avoid further bloodshed.
Guzman’s arrest on Thursday led to clashes in parts of Culiacan. According to local officials, who asked residents to stay home.
Videos on social media appear to show trucks on fire and heavy gunfire near the airport. Which was close for most of the day because of the violence. AZ24 News has not yet verified these videos.
In his speech on Thursday morning, President López Obrador said that the operation has been underway in Culiacán since dawn.
During the arrest, Sinaloa’s director of public security, Cristóbal Castañeda. Said vehicles were being hijack and there were “roadblocks in different parts of the city”. Asked residents not to leave the city.
Mexican authorities arrest son; The Minister of State for Education also announced the suspension of school and administrative activities in Culiacán. Called on those living in the danger zone to seek refuge in a safe place.
The state of Sinaloa is home to the Sinaloa Cartel, one of the most powerful drug trafficking organizations in the world. “El Chapo” was the leader of the cartel before he was sentence to life in prison in 2020.
The State Department, which offered a $5 million reward for information leading to Guzman’s arrest, said police investigations showed that Guzmán and his brother, Joaquín Guzmán-López, “inherited most of the drug profits” after the death of another man. brother, Edgar Guzmán-López.
“They began to invest heavily in the purchase of marijuana from Mexico and cocaine from Colombia. They began to purchase large amounts of ephedrine from Argentina and smuggled the product into Mexico when they began experimenting with the production of methamphetamine,” the State Department said.
The brothers also allegedly oversee 11 “methamphetamine laboratories in the state of Sinaloa,” the State Department said.
Their father, “El Chapo” Guzmán, was convict in the United States in 2019 of 10 charges, including ongoing crime, drug trafficking and firearms charges. He was sentence to life in prison plus 30 years in prison and order to pay $12.6 billion in restitution.