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Capture of ‘El Chapo’s’ Son | Details Emerge

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Ovidio Guzman | Image by Newsflash

More details have emerged in the deadly battle between Mexican military members and Sinaloa Cartel gunmen over the capture of Ovidio Guzmán, the son of the cartel’s former boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

Hundreds of Sinaloa cartel gunmen raced to the younger Guzmán’s vacation ranch in Sinaloa early on January 5 as Mexican soldiers had begun to besiege the compound, according to the Wall Street Journal.

But the small cartel army could not withstand Mexico’s military, which used Blackhawk helicopter gunships to thwart the armada of pickup trucks rigged with makeshift armor and high-caliber guns. 

At the end of the battle, which lasted a day and turned the northern city of Culiacan into a war zone, 10 soldiers, one being an army colonel, and 19 cartel gunmen were killed, Mexican Defense Minister Luis Cresencio Sandoval said, as reported by The Dallas Express.

Sandoval said 35 soldiers were wounded, adding that the Mexican army destroyed or seized 40 cartel vehicles, including 26 homemade armored trucks.

Still, there are differing accounts of how exactly the events unfolded. 

According to Gen. Sandoval, it took six months of surveilling and gathering intelligence to capture Guzmán. Finally, soldiers happened to encounter the armed convoy in which Guzmán was riding, he said. 

Gen. Sandoval said the convoy fired upon his soldiers first, prompting them to return fire. The gunmen then retreated to a house, pursued by the soldiers.

However, town residents and cartel gunmen contend there was no initial encounter with an armada, claiming instead that soldiers shot their way into Guzmán’s home, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Images from Guzmán’s spacious ranch house show hundreds of spent shell casings littering the outside and inside of the compound.

Dried blood is splattered on the floor of a laundry room. In others, large wooden doors are covered in bullet holes, one hanging off its hinge, and expensive furniture is smashed.

Guzmán was reportedly having a family gathering at the compound when authorities launched the operation to capture him.

The notorious drug kingpin’s son reportedly had an escape tunnel from the compound’s parking area. However, he apparently did not have time to use it, with authorities claiming they captured him only 10 minutes after the operation began.

However, according to another account, Guzmán did escape but returned for his family. 

“He had got away with the support of those protecting him, but his wife and children were trapped when the aerial assault began,” said Mexico-based investigative journalist Anabel Hernandez in Infobae

Hernandez claimed El Chapo’s son returned to the compound for his daughter, which was when he was caught.

Guzmán is being held at the country’s highest security prison, located in Colorado — the same one from which his father escaped via a mile-long tunnel in 2015. 

The elder Guzmán was recaptured, extradited to the U.S. in 2017, and sentenced to life in a maximum-security prison. However, he has asked to be extradited back to Mexico, a request Mexico is considering, as reported by The Dallas Express.

Since his father’s extradition, Ovidio Guzmán had allegedly assumed a more prominent role among his brothers in carrying on their father’s business.

The United States indicted the 32-year-old Guzmán on charges of smuggling methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana in 2018. At the time, a $5 million reward was offered for information leading to his capture. 

Since then, the U.S. government has stated that the Sinaloa Cartel has become a leading pioneer in the trafficking of fentanyl into the country.

Though his cartel suffers a significant blow, Ovidio Guzmán’s capture is not expected to stop the business.

“The Sinaloa cartel will absorb the hit and keep going,” said Adrián López, the editor of Noroeste, the leading newspaper in Culiacán.

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retta
retta
5 days ago

As long as there is such a high demand for drugs in the U.S., this situation will NEVER go away!!!

Djea3
Djea3
Reply to  retta
5 days ago

WRONG. As long as there is no instant death penalty (meaning within 12 months of conviction execution will take place) then there will always be drugs for sale.

In every country that made it a death penalty, the drug sales ended almost instantly. The issue is RISK vs REWARD of the dealers. If the risk is DEATH then the reward is not enough to make the difference.

In one country, the capital’s airport had Giant sign on its roof “Drugs = Death”. if your plane landed there and you had drugs, it was PRIMA FASCI evidence and you were executed on the airport tarmac with no trial needed. That country ended Drugs in a few weeks.

Done deal. The PROBLEM is that the criminal justice system and incarceration system is one of the largest businesses in USA and it LOVES the POWER and MONEY. If we end the court issues and the incarceration issues with a death penalty for distribution of drugs, then the MONEY and BUSINESS related to it goes away as well.

The other problem is those that believe that incarceration at taxpayer expense is the answer to Drug Dealers at all. Interestingly, the death penalty does little when the execution is 35 years away. The death penalty dos a LOT when it is instantaneous. Just as spanking a kid or taking away his toys does nothing if you do it three days after he broke the rules. If you see the kid doing something and punishment is instant then they learn not to do it, including the siblings as they SEE and KNOW that will happen to them.

Frank darko
Frank darko
Reply to  Djea3
5 days ago

Well said