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US News Street Battles Break Out in Culiacán, Mexico, After Arrest of El Chapo’s Son

06:25  18 october  2019
06:25  18 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Two of El Chapo ’ s older sons who helped take over his business after his arrest in 2016, Iván Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar and Jesús Alfredo The drug kingpin’ s sons were often mentioned during his trial, and they were accused of helping to orchestrate his tunnel escape from a maximum-security

In Culiacán , masked men exchange gunfire with security forces and erect burning barricades as armed trucks patrol. The battles raged for several hours before the Televisa TV network reported it had confirmed the arrest of Ovidio Mexico after El Chapo : new generation fights for control of the cartel.

a fire truck driving down a street: In a screenshot from AFPTV, trucks burned in a street in Culiacán, Mexico, on Thursday. © Agence France-Presse — Getty Images In a screenshot from AFPTV, trucks burned in a street in Culiacán, Mexico, on Thursday.

MEXICO CITY — Cartel gunmen paralyzed a major Mexican city on Thursday, unleashing hails of automatic gunfire in broad daylight and blockading major thoroughfares in a staggering show of force after the arrest of Ovidio Guzmán López, the son of the infamous drug lord Joaquín Guzmán Loera.

The violence began shortly after 3:30 p.m. in the city of Culiacán, the capital of Sinaloa State, when a patrol of 30 soldiers came under attack by individuals in a home in the neighborhood of Tres Ríos, according to government officials.

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After taking control of the home, the security forces encountered and detained four men — among them Mr. Guzmán López, a leader in Sinaloa cartel. Cartel gunmen then surrounded the home and engaged the armed forces, the officials said.

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Later, the cartel deployed fighters throughout the neighborhood and began burning vehicles and blockading streets throughout the city.

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Mexican authorities have said one of El Chapo ' s sons was located but not in custody. Gunfights between Mexican police and drug cartel members rocked the northwestern city of Culiacan on Thursday after special security forces located the son of the notorious drug kingpin El Chapo .

The son of notorious drug kingpin Joaquin “ El Chapo ” Guzman was arrested in Mexico Thursday amid gun battles between his supporters and security forces, a report said. Ovidio Guzman Lopez was arrested in Culiacan , a city in Western Mexico and a stronghold for El Chapo ’ s Sinaloa cartel, the

Gunfire continued into Thursday night, as soldiers and cartel fighters battled in the streets. In its brief statement, the government said it had opted to suspend its operation, but did not elaborate on what exactly that meant, including whether or not Mr. Guzmán López was released back into the custody of the cartel. Officials also warned residents “not to go out into the streets.”

Some analysts also cast doubt on the government narrative that 30 soldiers and national guardsmen were patrolling and came under attack by a small contingent of gunmen.

“The very strange statement from the government that claims they were forced to ‘suspend their actions,’ suggest they had to let him go and they don’t know how to communicate this to the public knowing the ridicule it means,” said Eduardo Guerrero, a security analyst in Mexico City.

“My suspicion is that they went after him and they lost,” he added.

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The gunfire rocked several neighborhoods in Culiacan after authorities captured Joaquin ' El Chapo ' Guzman' s son , Ovidio Guzman on Thursday. After Guzmán' s third arrest in 2016, an internal battle for succession began playing out . The battle was resolved with the arrest of Damaso López Nunez

The arrest came months after Joaquin ' El Chapo ' Guzman Lopez was sentenced to life imprisonment for drug trafficking and conspiracy. It's alleged that several gang members walked around firing high-powered weapons. Mexican officials confirm the arrest of El Chapo ' s son in Culiacán https

A cartel gunmen wearing a flack jacket stands next to his vehicle during clashes with federal forces following the detention of Ovidio Guzman, son of drug kingpin Joaquin © Thomson Reuters A cartel gunmen wearing a flack jacket stands next to his vehicle during clashes with federal forces following the detention of Ovidio Guzman, son of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, in Culiacan, Sinaloa state, Mexico October 17, 2019. The peals of gunfire sent citizens fleeing for safety as the assault began, while others sat trapped in their vehicles, capturing footage on cellphone cameras. The harrowing videos, uploaded onto social media, showed heavily armed men in ski masks blocking streets and halting traffic while plumes of black smoke filled the sky.

Others showed the powerful weaponry wielded by the traffickers, including mounted .50-caliber guns.

In capturing Mr. Guzmán López on his home turf, the government dealt yet another blow to the Sinaloa cartel, which has struggled to regain its footing after the arrest and conviction of the elder Mr. Guzman, its longtime leader, known as El Chapo.

In its response, the cartel appeared to be sending a message of its own.

Though the gunmen appeared set on rescuing Mr. Guzmán López from federal custody, their efforts, successful or not, offered a harrowing glimpse at the power and impunity with which drug cartels operate in Mexico.

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Culiacán ( Mexico ) (AFP). Heavily armed gunmen in four-by-four trucks fought an intense battle against Mexican Mexican TV network Milenio said the shootout was triggered by the arrest of Ovidio Guzman, one of the The battle broke out in the afternoon near the state prosecutor' s office, when

Mexican networks Televisa and Milenio both said security forces had confirmed the capture of Ovidio Guzman, El Chapo ' s son . Heavy gunfire on Thursday rocked several neighborhoods in the Mexican city of Culiacan , home to Joaquin " El Chapo " Guzman's Sinaloa cartel, after security forces detained

“In my 21 years of covering crime at the heart of drug world, this has been the worst shootout and the most horrible situation I have ever encountered,” said Ernesto Martínez, a local crime reporter who was caught in the middle of a gun battle only a few feet away from his vehicle.

A burning bus, set alight by cartel gunmen to block a road, is pictured during clashes with federal forces following the detention of Ovidio Guzman, son of drug kingpin Joaquin © Thomson Reuters A burning bus, set alight by cartel gunmen to block a road, is pictured during clashes with federal forces following the detention of Ovidio Guzman, son of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, in Culiacan, Sinaloa state, Mexico October 17, 2019. Mr. Martínez had gone to report on a separate shooting when he ran into an army vehicle, which had stopped a car with individuals carrying machine guns. Suddenly, he said, the gunfire started and the soldiers yelled: “Everybody down, shootout!”

Mr. Martínez said he then noticed a white vehicle with masked men shooting at the soldiers. He was still recording video of the scene as he drove to the nearest gas station looking for shelter.

“The sound of the bullets was so strong I could almost smell the gunpowder,” he said.

The gunfight lasted for 20 minutes before another one erupted, he said. The second shootout lasted for almost four hours, he said, and continued late into Thursday.

Cartel gunmen are seen on a truck during clashes with federal forces following the detention of Ovidio Guzman, son of drug kingpin Joaquin © Thomson Reuters Cartel gunmen are seen on a truck during clashes with federal forces following the detention of Ovidio Guzman, son of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, in Culiacan, Sinaloa state, Mexico October 17, 2019. Mr. Martínez said most of the confrontations took place in Tres Ríos, an upscale commercial and business district, but he said chaos reigned throughout the city with burned vehicles and houses and roadblocks in different locations, and gunshots being fired at government buildings, including the state attorney’s office.

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The arrest in western Mexico triggers gun battles between security forces and drug cartel members. Image caption Armed men were seen in several areas of Culiacán on Thursday. Mexican security forces have arrested one of the sons of notorious drug kingpin Joaquín " El Chapo " Guzmán

" El Chapo ," 62, was sentenced to life in prison in July for trafficking hundreds of tons of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana into the United States over the course of a quarter-century. However, his Sinaloa cartel remains one of the most powerful in Mexico .

Hours after the mayhem began, most businesses had closed, with people locked down in their houses and public transportation suspended in what Mr. Martínez described as a “self-imposed” state of emergency.

Mexico is facing its deadliest year since the country began recording homicide statistics more than 20 years ago. Warfare between rival cartels fighting for control of the drug trade to the United States has turned parts of the country into some of the deadliest places on earth.

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a group of people posing for the camera: The accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin
The government has continued to target top cartel leaders in its now 13-year war on drugs. This despite the fact that the so-called kingpin strategy has helped usher in the nation’s most violent period in recent history.

It is not unheard-of for cartel assassins to stage brazen attacks in broad daylight, often in response to an arrest of a high-ranking member or to target their enemies. In May of last year, gunmen stormed a Japanese restaurant in Guadalajara, targeting a former state prosecutor and setting off a gun battle in an upscale area of the city.

Rumors quickly began circulating on social media late Thursday that the gunfights were related to the cartel that was run by Joaquín Guzmán Loera, which remains powerful in Sinaloa, his home state. He was convicted in February in the United States on drug, murder and money laundering charges, and was sentenced to life in prison.

In February, the Justice Department charged two of his sons, Joaquín Guzmán López and Ovidio Guzmán López, with one count each of conspiracy to “knowingly, intentionally, and willfully” distribute cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana for import into the United States.

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The city of Culiacán , home of the El Chapo ’ s Sinaloa cartel, was filled with the sound of sniper rifles and the sight of masked men on trucks with machine guns strapped to the back opening fire on Mexican security forces, in addition to Mexico 's newly created national guard.

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Cartel gunmen stand outside a store during clashes with federal forces following the detention of Ovidio Guzman, son of drug kingpin Joaquin © Thomson Reuters Cartel gunmen stand outside a store during clashes with federal forces following the detention of Ovidio Guzman, son of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, in Culiacan, Sinaloa state, Mexico October 17, 2019. Two of Joaquín Guzmán López’s older sons who helped take over his business after his arrest in 2016, Iván Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar and Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar, also face charges in the United States. The drug kingpin’s sons were often mentioned during his trial, and they were accused of helping to orchestrate his tunnel escape from a maximum-security prison in Almoloya, Mexico, in 2015.

But Thursday’s brazen display of firepower in the streets of Culiacán was extraordinary behavior for the Sinaloa cartel, which has generally tried to keep a lower profile, analysts said, a potential harbinger of a split in the nation’s once-dominant criminal organization.

Some believe the cartel’s show of force might reflect a schism within the group, one that deepened with the arrest of El Chapo. Since then, various factions have been jockeying for control and some suspected that it might have been one of those factions that engaged in Thursday’s mayhem.

“This break from the pattern signals a major disruption,” said Jaime López Aranda, a security analyst based in Mexico City. “I think that being so brazen and so open is the kind of thing done by organizations that are less disciplined and coherent and organized.”

“The ability to exercise restraint is key to an organization’s survival in the long term,” he added. “Successful criminal organizations are able to restrain themselves, and Sinaloa has been successful for a long time.”

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