An armed man from the Sinaloa cartel during clashes with federal forces after the arrest of Ovidio Guzmán, son of the drug trafficker 'El Chapo', in the city of Culiacán – REUTERS / JESUS BUSTAMANTE
Military sources confirm the release of Ovid Guzman “to protect lives”
The arrest of Ovidio Guzmán López, son of Mexican drug trafficker Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán, who has been confirmed by the Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection of Mexico, Alfonso Durazo, has unleashed chaos in the city of Culiacán, in the northwest of the country, after strong detonations and bursts of firearms were recorded.
Durazo explained that a patrol of 30 members of the National Guard and the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) were carrying out patrol work in Culiacán, which is in the state of Sinaloa, when they were attacked from a home.
The agents took control of the house and arrested four people inside, including the son of the Mexican drug trafficker, according to Durazo.
This detention has caused several groups of organized criminals “to surround the house with a force greater than that of the patrol.” Other groups have also carried out “violent actions” in various parts of the city, something that the Mexican secretary has said has generated a “panic situation.”
“We made the decision to move to the city of Culiacán to personally conduct the corresponding actions,” Durazo said. “The Government ratifies its commitment to continue its fight against crime until reaching the peace and security of all Mexicans,” he said.
In addition, the secretary of Public Security of Sinaloa has warned that there has been a flight of prisoners in Culiacán prison after the shootings in the city.
Later, military sources have informed the newspaper 'El Universal' that the son of the drug dealer has been released later to pacify the city.
In addition, Durazo has told the Reuters news agency that in the face of violent actions by Ovidio Guzmán's followers, the Army has suspended its operation to “protect lives.”
For its part, the governor of the state of Sinaloa, Quirino Ordaz, has called on citizens not to go out and keep calm.
“We are working on recovering the security of the city of Culiacán. I ask you to stay safe and be attentive to the official accounts of the State Government. We will be giving timely information. Here I am pending and working with you,” Ordaz said through Your account on the social network Twitter.
Several videos posted on social networks show several people armed in cars through the streets of Culiacán, as well as shootings in different parts of the city and burning vehicles.
After the shootings recorded in various parts of the city, the Autonomous University of Sinaloa has announced that it has suspended its activities today to “safeguard the integrity of students, teachers and university workers.”
In addition, the delegation of the Mexican Institute of Social Security in Sinaloa has reported that the nurseries of Culiacán safeguard children and parents “until the authorities issue a message.”
Ovid Guzman, 28 and known as 'El Ratón' or 'Ratón Nuevo', has been identified as a member of the Sinaloa cartel and faces charges in the United States for conspiracy to traffic cocaine, methamphetamines and marijuana from Mexico.
USA ALERT TO ITS CITIZENS
The Government of the United States has issued an alert to its citizens on Friday for violence in the city, according to the Mexican newspaper 'El Sol de México'.
The US Consulate has recommended that its citizens stay out of danger zones, be aware of the media, follow government instructions and in case of emergency call 911.