Sunday, April 14

Drug Lord El Chapo Son’s Arrest Costs the Lives of 10 Mexican Soldiers and 19 Cartel Members

Ten Mexican soldiers were killed in an operation to arrest Sinaloa cartel leader Ovidio Guzmán. Nineteen cartel members were also killed, the Mexican defence minister announced. Guzmán is the son of drug kingpin El Chapo.

The Mexican army had undoubtedly factored that Guzmán’s arrest would not go without a fight. As a result, they also arrested Guzmán in 2019, resulting in deaths and chaos in Culiacán. At the time, the cartel involved the entire city in the fight against the military. Cartel members took soldiers hostage and shot around. Finally, due to the outbreak of violence, President Lopéz Obrador decided to rerelease Guzmán.

Also on Thursday, the Sinaloa cartel unleashed chaos in Culiacán’s home base. Cartel members set fire to vehicles, stole civilian cars and shot at an army plane. A bullet also hit a passenger plane. As a result, authorities closed the airport and schools; citizens had to stay indoors.

35 soldiers were also wounded in the operation in Culiacán. In addition to Guzmán, the army arrested 20 other cartel members. It is unclear whether civilians were also killed, according to the ministry.

Ovidio Guzmán has been transferred to Mexico City. The United States has requested his extradition. Guzmán, along with three brothers, was put in charge of the Sinaloa Cartel when their father, Joaquín Guzmán, better known as El Chapo, was arrested in 2016. He is serving a life sentence.

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