Mexican authorities report a violent reaction from cartel gunmen that resulted in nearly 29 fatalities in the northern city of Culiacán. Ovidio Guzmán-López, known as “the mouse” to civilians was apprehended in Culiacán and from there, the violent reactions had followed. He was transported to Mexico City on January 5 to carry out his sentence.
Guzmán is charged with running a division of the famed Sinaloa cartel, one of the biggest drug-trafficking organizations in the world. He is carrying out the legacy of his father who was the previous leader, “El Chapo”, who is recognized as one of the most prominent drug dealers in the world.
The governor of Sinaloa, Ruben Rocha reported that 10 soldiers and 19 suspects were murdered during and after the capture. There were 12 fights with the security forces and 25 instances of looting. To carry out this atrocity, cartel gunmen burned 250 vehicles and used them to block highways and all major city entrances.
Luis Cresencio Sandoval, the secretary of National Defense reported that 21 gunmen had been detained and an additional 35 military members had been hurt. Authorities were so cautious in their capture of Guzmán-López that they apprehended him by helicopter before transporting him to a federal jail with the highest level of security. Due to conflicts in various locations, the authorities and local government closed all schools in the whole state of Sinaloa on Friday, Jan. 7 and urged the public to focus on their safety.
Officials from the United States supported the six-month surveillance effort to apprehend Mr. Guzmán-López, as reported by Sandoval. In addition the US had offered a reward of up to $5 million (£4.2 million) for information leading to Guzmán-López capture or conviction as well as three of his brothers who are believed to have retained their positions of authority within the group.
Law enforcement investigations, according to the US State Department, showed that Guzman and his brother Joaquín Guzmán-López “inherited a great deal of the narcotics proceeds" after the passing of another brother, Edgar Guzmán-López.
Along with using a large amount of money as the Guzmán-López brothers started experimenting with methamphetamine manufacture, they also started buying huge quantities of ephedrine from Argentina and coordinated for the importation of the substance into Mexico, as stated by the State Department.
As for ‘El Chapo’, he is currently receiving a life sentence in the United States for trafficking hundreds of tons of cocaine into the country over a 25-year period. After being convicted of narcotics trafficking and financial fraud in 2019, some of the gruesome details that the Mexican drug gangs had caused were made public during the trial. Currently, the US government accuses his cartel, one of Mexico's most powerful, of saturating neighborhoods with fentanyl, a synthetic narcotic roughly 50 times more lethal than heroin.
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