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In Mexico, a real drug mafia war with the police began after the arrest of the son of “Shorty” Guzmán KXan 36 Daily News

Date: February 4, 2023 Time: 04:17:00

After a night of violence, militants exchanged fire with security forces, blocked roads with burned-out cars and fired at army and police planes and helicopters bringing reinforcements to the city. Intense fighting raged for hours after Guzmán, a key figure in the Sinaloa cartel after the arrest of his father, was arrested early Thursday morning, according to a resident. “They caught him around 4 am and the shooting hasn’t stopped since then. It was a real disaster: they are shooting into the air, trying to shoot down police helicopters. The whole city is in chaos,” an eyewitness said.

Local authorities urged people to stay home and said schools and government offices would be closed due to the outbreak of violence. Unverified videos have surfaced on social media showing intense gunfire, including from helicopters at night. Street blockades were also established.

Cartel members also hijacked a Red Cross ambulance, took medical personnel from hospitals to treat their injured fighters, threatened reporters and hijacked press vehicles, according to local media reports.

Guzmán, 32, was briefly detained in 2019 by security forces but was quickly released after a violent response from gangs, in a major test for President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Guzmán Jr.’s arrest comes just days before a summit of US leaders in Mexico City next week, which will be attended by Joe Biden and which will have security issues on the agenda.

A Mexican official said Guzmán’s arrest would likely be a welcome addition to US-Mexico security cooperation ahead of Biden’s visit. The United States has offered a $5 million reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction of Guzmán Jr.

A rise in overdose deaths in the United States, caused by the synthetic opioid fentanyl, has prompted Washington to increase pressure on Mexico City to crack down on organizations like the Sinaloa cartel, responsible for producing and shipping the drug. drugs to the United States.

Tomás Guevara, a security expert at the Autonomous University of Sinaloa, says Guzmán’s arrest helps save face for Mexican law enforcement after they were forced to release his son El Chapo in 2019. de Ovidio is finally the culmination of what was planned three years ago,” he said.

Joaquín Guzmán, 65, was convicted in New York in 2019 of drug trafficking worth billions of dollars to the United States and conspiring to kill his opponents. He is serving a life sentence at Supermax in Colorado, the most secure federal prison in the United States. Oviedo, nicknamed “El Ratón” (“The Mouse”), is said to have played a key role in the Sinaloa cartel after the arrest of El Chapo, becoming his successor.

Hansen Taylor
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