The son of infamous Mexican drug cartel chief Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán was nabbed Thursday after a six-month interagency investigation, Mexican authorities confirmed.
During a day press convention, Defense Secretary Luis Cresencio Sandoval mentioned Guzmán’s son – whom he solely recognized as “Ovidio” – was arrested early Thursday morning northwest of Culiacan within the state of Sinaloa.
Sandoval mentioned Guzmán was a pacesetter of a Sinaloa faction he referred to as “los menores” or “the juniors,” who’re often known as “Los Chapitos,” for the sons of El Chapo.
Guzmán’s arrest was the results of six months of interagency investigation and surveillance work, Sandoval mentioned.
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National Guard troops noticed SUVs, some with home made armor, and instantly coordinated with the military as they established a fringe across the suspicious automobiles and compelled the occupants out to be searched.
The safety forces then got here below fireplace however have been in a position to achieve management of the scenario and determine Guzmán amongst these current and in possession of firearms, Sandoval mentioned.
Cartel members arrange 19 roadblocks together with at Culiacan’s airport and out of doors the native military base, in addition to all factors of entry to the town of Culiacan, Sandoval mentioned, however the Air Force was in a position to fly Guzmán to Mexico City regardless of their efforts, and he was taken to places of work of the Attorney General’s organized crime particular prosecutor.
Ovidio Guzmán, nicknamed “the Mouse,” had not been considered one of El Chapo’s better-known sons till an aborted operation to seize him three years in the past. That try equally set off violence in Culiacan that finally led President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to order the army to let him go.
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U.S. Homeland Security Investigations had posted a $5 million reward for data resulting in the arrest and/or conviction of Guzmán final 12 months.
Alleged cartel members responded to Thursday’s operation by carjacking Culiacan residents and setting automobiles ablaze within the cartel stronghold. Local and state authorities warned everybody to remain inside.
Intermittent gunfire continued into the afternoon Thursday in Culiacan as Mexican safety forces continued to conflict with cartel gunmen and few individuals ventured out. Airports there and in a number of different Sinaloa cities remained closed.
Thursday’s high-profile seize comes simply days earlier than López Obrador will host U.S. President Joe Biden for bilateral talks adopted by their North American Leaders’ Summit with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Drug trafficking, together with immigration, is anticipated to be a high speaking level.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.