El Chapo’s son – Ovidio Guzmán López was arrested then freed on Thursday in Mexico as violent gun battle erupts right after his capture.
Violent gun battles breaks out on Thursday as word got out that authorities had captured captured Ovidio Guzmán López, son of El Chapo.
The city of Culiacán, home of the El Chapo’s Sinaloa cartel, was filled with the sound of sniper rifles and the sight of masked men on trucks with machine guns strapped to the back opening fire on Mexican security forces, in addition to Mexico’s newly created national guard.
The gunmen also used burning vehicles as a barricade to block several city streets.
A lawyer for El Chapo’s family told The Associated press that Guzman’s family has said Ovidio Guzmán López is alive and free but that he had no more details about what happened.
Guzmán López, along with his brother Joaquin, were charged with drug trafficking in February. The two were being accused of conspiring to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana from Mexico into the United States, and elsewhere in the world, from 2008 to 2018. The López brothers were fugitives at the time and were believed to be in Mexico.
In the absence of his father, Ovidio attempted to gain control of the Sinaloa cartel, but faced pushback from their co-founder Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, who reportedly sought to push them out.
Their father was sentenced to life in prison in July.