Mexico has arrested Ovidio Guzmán, a Mexican drug lord and son of drug lord Joaquín Guzmán, better known as “El Chapo”.
That unleashed a violent backlash by the guerrillas on Thursday, forcing the closure of Culiacán’s airport as authorities told residents to stay at home.
In turn, Defense Minister Luis Crescencio Sandoval announced at a press conference that the security forces had arrested the 32-year-old prominent member of the Sinaloa gang.
The arrest comes 3 years after the attempt to arrest him ended with the humiliation of the government.
Sandoval added that Ovidio is now being held in the capital, Mexico City.
Videos also showed fierce fighting overnight in Culiacán, the main city in the northern Mexican state of Sinaloa, as helicopter gunships lit up the sky.
The city’s airport was a target of violence, with the state airline saying one of its planes was hit by fire before a scheduled flight to Mexico City.
She added that no one was hurt. The airport was closed until Thursday night.
Mexican drug baron Joaquim El Chapo Guzman
It is noteworthy that Ovidio was arrested briefly in 2019, and was quickly released to end his gang’s violent revenge in Culiacán.
While the incident was an embarrassing setback for the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
Ovidio has become a key figure in the gang since his father’s arrest.
It is noteworthy that the United States had offered a reward of $ 5 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of Ovidio.
Joaquin Guzman, 65, was convicted in New York in 2019 of smuggling billions of dollars in drugs into the United States and conspiring to kill enemies.