After the arrest of a son of infamous Mexican drug lord “El Chapo,” fighting broke out in the state of Sinaloa, claiming the lives of two individuals.
After a six-month surveillance operation, Ovidio Guzmán-López, who is thought to be the current boss of his father’s old cartel, was apprehended in Culiacán.
Gang members who were enraged stormed a nearby airport, blocked roads, and set cars on fire.
Gunfire struck a passenger airliner as it was getting ready to take off.
Three airports in Sinaloa have canceled more than one hundred flights.
The governor of Sinaloa originally said that 18 patients had been hospitalised.
According to Defence Minister Luis Cresencio Sandoval, Mr. Guzmán-López is charged with running a division of the infamous Sinaloa cartel, which is run by his father. It is one of the world’s biggest organizations involved in drug trafficking.
My father, Joaqun “El Chapo” Guzmán, was convicted of drug trafficking and money laundering in 2019 and is currently receiving a life sentence in the US. Some of the gruesome details of the Mexican drug gangs’ operations were made public during his trial.
Image source: Ovidio Guzmán-López, US State Department
The United States issued a $5 million reward for information that led to Mr. Guzman-arrest. López’s
Defense Minister Sandoval stated that Mr. Guzmán-López has been sent to a secure facility in Mexico City as a result of the surveillance operation that was conducted to catch him.
Social media videos depict burning buses obstructing traffic in Culiacan.
Gunfire struck the fuselage of a jet Thursday morning as it was getting ready to take off from Culiacán to Mexico City, according to Mexican airline Aeromexico.
It claimed that no clients or staff members had suffered injury. In what looks to be a social media video, passengers can be seen hunched down and trembling in their seats.
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Next week, US Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to travel to Mexico for a summit of North American leaders.
Since Thursday morning, federal armed troops have been conducting an operation in Culiacán, the city’s mayor, Ruben Rocha Moya, earlier announced on Twitter.
He notified citizens that there were blockades in several areas of the city and asked them to remain indoors.
The local government agency in charge of monitoring education posted on social media that schools had been closed in Culiacán.
Mr. Guzmán-López was previously detained by Mexican security agents in 2019 but was later freed due to the danger of violence from his supporters.
According to the US State Department, he and his brother Joaqun are currently in charge of eleven methamphetamine production facilities in the state of Sinaloa that produce between 1,300 and 2,200 kilograms (3000 and 5000 pounds) of the drug each month.
Additionally, they have stated that evidence suggests Mr. Guzmán-López ordered the killings of informants, a drug dealer, and a well-known Mexican singer who declined to perform at his wedding.
The US offered a reward of up to $5 million (£4.2 million) in December for information that would result in the capture and/or conviction of Mr. Guzmán-López and three of his brothers, who are believed to have retained their positions of authority within the gang.