An intense gunfight with heavy weapons and burning autos blocking roads raged within the capital of Mexico’s Sinaloa state Thursday after safety forces positioned one in every of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s sons who is needed within the U.S. on drug trafficking costs.

Mexican safety secretary Alfonso Durazo stated 30 members of the Nationwide Guard and armed forces have been patrolling in Culiacan once they have been fired on from a home. They repelled the assault and inside the home apprehended Ovidio Guzman Lopez.

The home was then surrounded by closely armed gunmen who had “a greater force” and authorities determined to droop the operation, Durazo stated. Safety forces launched Ovidio Guzman to guard lives, Durazo stated, Reuters reported.

Indicted in Washington

Ovidio was not one of many jailed Mexican drug lord’s best-known sons — Ivan Archivaldo Guzman and Jesus Alfredo Guzman are often known as “los Chapitos,” or “the little Chapos,” and are believed to run their father’s Sinaloa Cartel along with Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada.

However Ovidio Guzman was indicted in 2018 by a grand jury in Washington, together with a fourth brother, for the alleged trafficking of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.

Following Thursday’s discovery of Ovidio, native media reported that armed civilians in vans roared via Culiacan’s middle capturing what gave the impression to be .50-caliber sniper rifles and machine weapons. There was a heavy deployment of Mexican safety forces.

Civilians panic, flee

Movies revealed on social media confirmed a scene resembling a warfare zone, with gunmen, some carrying black ski masks over their faces, using at the back of vans firing mounted machine weapons as autos burned. Individuals could possibly be seen working for canopy as machine gun fireplace rattled round them. Drivers drove in reverse frantically to maneuver away from the clashes. Some drivers rolled beneath their stationary automobiles for canopy.

Sinaloa public security director Cristobal Castaneda informed Milenio tv the military launched the operation Thursday afternoon and shortly afterward authorities surveillance cameras alerted authorities that gunmen in autos have been circulating in Culiacan.

Castaneda stated gunmen blocked streets with burning autos, a standard tactic to make it tough for safety forces to maneuver. Concurrently, some 20 to 30 prisoners escaped although some have been rapidly recaptured, he stated.

State officers requested residents to keep away from going out in elements of metropolis.

Sinaloa’s soccer membership Dorados introduced that it had canceled its recreation Thursday due to safety considerations.

Sinaloa residence to cartel

Sinaloa is residence to the cartel by the identical title, which was led by “El Chapo” Guzman. Guzman was sentenced to life in jail in the US in July. He has many youngsters.

After Guzman’s third arrest in 2016, an inner battle for succession started taking part in out. The battle was resolved with the arrest of Damaso Lopez Nunez and his son Damaso Lopez Serrano, who led a rival faction.

Since then “Los Chapitos” and Zambada are believed to have run the cartel.

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