Friday, October 18, 2019

Sinaloa Cartel rescues Ovidio Guzman

Heavy gunfire filled the streets of Culiacán on Thursday. Members of the cartel deployed across the city with military-grade weapons and in superior force, a live-streamed example of their power over the State.

Mexican officials briefly detained Ovidio Guzman, one of Guzman’s sons who has emerged as a leading figure in the cartel. After freeing dozens of prisoners and turning the city into an urban war zone, Mexican authorities decided to release Guzman. Security Minister Alfonso Durazo told Reuters that Guzman was released to protect lives; the cartel took eight government soldiers hostage, as a bargaining chip to secure the cartel heir’s release.
Ovidio Guzman LopezThe decision to detain and then almost immediately free one of Mexico’s most wanted drug traffickers was a humiliation for Mexico’s government.