In Mexico, after the arrest of the son of drug lord El Chapo, clashes with the military began
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Joaquin “Shorty” Guzmán himself is serving a life sentence in the United States
Mexican authorities have arrested Ovidio Guzmán, son of notorious drug lord Joaquín Guzmán, nicknamed “El Chapo” (Shorty). And after the arrest, clashes began between the military and members of the Sinaloa drug cartel. CNN writes about this.
In the city of Culiacan, a real war broke out between the drug cartel, local security forces and the military, who were brought to help.
The Sinaloa militants have already blocked almost 20 streets, fired at a passenger and transport aircraft and two helicopters. The airport had to be closed, and the Minister of Public Security of the State of Sinaloa recommended that the citizens take refuge in safe places, or even leave the city.
According to preliminary information, the security forces already have one dead and 27 injured.
Videos of shootings in the streets, burning cars and looting are posted on social media.
Ovidio Guzmán had already been detained in 2019, but riots broke out on such a scale that he was released on the orders of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to avoid civilian casualties.
The US State Department claims that Ovidio and his brother Joaquin control about eleven methamphetamine laboratories, manufacturing more than two tons of the drug per month.
In addition to the drug trade, the Guzmán brothers have complete control over Culiacan. Ovidio, according to the Americans, gives orders to kill everyone who is objectionable, and once even ordered the death of a famous singer who refused to sing at his wedding.
According to Mexican Defense Minister General Luis Cresensio Sandoval, before Ovidio Guzmán was caught, he was followed for about six months. He is now being held at a secret location in Mexico City.
The arrest of the drug lord and the riots in Culiacan came on the eve of a visit to Mexico by US President Joe Biden, who will attend the summit of North American leaders that opens in Mexico City next week.< /p>
El Chapo himself is serving a life sentence in the United States, after being convicted in 2019 of drug trafficking, arms trafficking and money laundering.
About the Mexican and Colombian drug cartels in detail , albeit embellished, was told in the TV series Narcos. A separate series was also shot about El Chapo. El Chapo himself has repeatedly been included in the Forbes lists. After his arrest, a real war broke out for dominance in the drug cartel.
And members of the “Shorty” family do not leave the house without a whole army of bodyguards. When El Chapo's daughter got married in 2020, Sinaloa militants cordoned off the entire territory.