Ovidio Guzman was briefly detained by security forces in the northern state of Sinaloa in October 2019. But was quickly released to avoid violent reprisals from his drug gang.
MEXICO CITY – MEXICO CITY (AP) – Organized crime has crippled the western Mexican city of Culiacan. A stronghold of the Sinaloa drug cartel, as alleged cartel members carjacked residents. And burned vehicles Thursday in an clear response to the arrest of Mexican capo Ovidio Guzman. The son of imprisoned kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Ovidio Guzman.
Local and state authorities warned everyone to stay indoors. And said their federal counterparts would announce. The results of the pre-dawn military operation.
Such violence often comes in response to the arrest. Of key cartel figures as their associates attempt to cause chaos.
Drug trafficking, along with immigration. Is expected to be a top talking point as US President Joe Biden travels to Mexico. On Monday and Tuesday to meet with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. And Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Sinaloa state security chief Cristobal Castaneda warned citizens via Twitter. Adding that the state is responding and will let you know when they can.
The city of Culiacan posted on social media “Don’t leave home! The safety of the citizens of Culiacan is paramount.” It said work has been suspended for all municipal employees. The State Education Authority announced that all administrative. And teaching activities in Culiacan have been suspended on Thursday.
During his morning press conference, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed.
That there was an ongoing operation in Culiacan. But would share information about it later.
The operation comes days before López Obrador hosts US President Joe Biden for bilateral talks followed by a summit of North American leaders with Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Culiacan has seen such displays before. One of the most notorious incidents occurred in October 2019. When federal security forces cornered Ovidio Guzman. One of the sons of Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo”Ovidio Guzman. When gunmen began firing high-powered weapons into the city. The government backed down and let the younger Ovidio Guzmán escape. López Obrador said at the time that he made the decision to avoid loss of life.
The 2019 defeat was a black eye for López Obrador’s administration on security. And raised more questions about Mexico’s commitment to fighting. The country’s powerful drug cartels.
López Obrador entered office highly critical of his predecessors’ drug war toll. He adopted the phrase “hugs, not bullets. To describe his approach to Mexico’s chronic violence. Which would focus on social programs aimed. At weakening the allure of organized crime.
But four years into his six-year tenure, the level of violence has been high.
On Thursday, Sinaloa Governor Ruben Rocha said via Twitter. That the raid took place in an area north of the capital called Jesús María and caused. Violent incidents in the capital and other parts of the state”. He called for calm and said federal authorities would announce the results.
Jesús María is outside the city but belongs to the municipality. According to local news outlet Riodos. Which reported dozens of roadblocks across the city.
The U.S. Embassy in Mexico issued an alert Thursday for Sinaloa state. Including Culiacan, Los Mochis and Guaceve.