The descendant of the famous drug dealer, 28, is an active member of the Sinaloa cartel
Detention and subsequent release of a son of El Chapo
Military and criminals face shooting for hours on the streets of Culiacán.
With the capture of Ovidio Guzmán López, aka El Ratón, son of the famous drug trafficker Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán, a wave of violence broke out on Thursday in the city of Culiacán, capital of the Mexican state of Sinaloa, where organized crime caused shootings and fires . Ovid Guzman, 28, who was finally released is an active member of the Sinaloa cartel, which was led by his father, El Chapo, who is serving a life sentence in a maximum security prison in the United States.
A confrontation between members of the National Guard and criminals, uncertainty and chaos seized the capital of Sinaloa and spread throughout the country to the extent that images of the shootings, with large caliber weapons, spread through social networks. At first, the arrest of El Chapo's son was reported and hours later, he released his release so that the confrontations were not greater. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has defended the decision to release the drug trafficker who took his security cabinet to stop the attacks of organized crime. The capture of a criminal cannot be worth more than the lives of some people, he said during his morning conference.
The United States Department of Justice announced last February that Ovidio Guzmán López, son of Chapo and his second wife, Griselda López, had been charged with drug trafficking charges. The indictment alleged that Ovid Guzman and his older brother, Joaquín Guzmán López, 34, allegedly conspired between April 2008 and April 2018 to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana from Mexico and other places for import into the United States.
The confusion about what happened is total. According to the official version, disclosed by the Secretary of Public Security, Alfonso Durazo, a patrol of the National Guard, composed of about 30 members, was conducting a routine patrol in the subdivision of Tres Ríos, in Culiacán, when, around 15.30 were attacked from a house. The military, always according to Durazo's version, repelled the attack and took control of the house. Inside were four people. "One was identified as Ovid Guzman," Durazo said. Before the secretary's message was published, a photo of Guzman allegedly circulated after his arrest.
After taking control of the house, several groups surrounded it with a force greater than that of the patrol, Durazo explained. At the same time, other groups carried out violent actions against citizenship in various parts of the city generating a panic situation, he said. Given this situation, the secretary said it was agreed to suspend actions to safeguard the society of Culiacán, a city of 800,000 people, without clarifying whether that implied the release of the detainee.
The region most affected by the clashes was the exclusive area of Tres Ríos, close to the State Attorney General's Office, and later, in Enrique Sánchez Alonso University Street. The analyst Alejandro Hope told Milenio television that the military authorities did not elaborate a security fence and underestimated the firepower of the criminal groups after the arrest. In some audios broadcast by users, the population is heard announcing that they dropped more than 100 trucks from the mountains to rescue the son of El Chapo and warn that there will be a lot of death.