Heavily armed men surrounded security forces, released at least 20 prisoners and terrorized the population of the city of Culiacán, Mexico, on Thursday (17), until the government agreed to release Ovidio Guzman, one of Joaquín's sons. "El Chapo" Guzmán.
Operation against 'El Chapo' trafficker's son ends in confusion in Mexico
Patrol officers entered a town house where there were four men, including "El Chapo's" son – Ovid himself is accused of trafficking drugs to the United States.
Other gunmen arrived and surrounded the scene, and the police were in the minority.
“The decision was to leave the house without Guzman, and try to avoid further violence in the area, to preserve the lives of our people,” says Durazo.
While police were at the house with El Chapo's son, criminals attacked members of the security forces in the city of Culiacán.
AFP footage shows burned-out trucks in Culiacán, western Mexico – Photo: STR / AFP
They shot at vehicles, released prisoners, set fire to vehicles and at least one gas station.
Reaction to the capture of Ovidio was considered a violent action even for the parameters of the dispute between police and traffickers in Mexico.
Not even when El Chapo was arrested was there an attack like this week.
Cualiacán residents protected themselves in shopping malls and supermarkets while there were gunfire in the city. Clouds of smoke were seen on the horizon.
"El Chapo" and his son belong to the Sinaloa cartel, considered the largest in the world. The presence of the drug trafficker in the region made him recognized as a Robin Hood by some state residents, but the criminal was considered merciless to rivals.
Violence in Culiacán, Mexico – Photo: G1 Mundo
Even with Chapo's downfall, the Sinaloa cartel had the largest distribution last year in the United States, according to the US drug law enforcement agency.