Cartel thugs unleash hell on Mexican city, force release of briefly detained son of El Chapo

(Video screenshots/File photo from Mexican security forces)

In a stunning turnaround, on Thursday security forces in Mexico captured “one of [the] country’s most powerful drug lords” but then quickly released him after being overpowered by heavily armed cartel thugs intent on preventing the drug lord’s incarceration.

What transpired between the detention of Ovidio Guzman Lopez, the son of notorious drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, and his release was a shocking gun battle that wound up encompassing almost all of Culiacan, a city recognized for being the home of the Sinaloa cartel.

“Mexican Security Minister Alfonso Durazo said 30 members of the National Guard militarized police were patrolling an area in the city, 370 miles northwest of Mexico City when they were fired on from a house,” the Daily Mail reported.

“Authorities fired back and were eventually able to enter the house where they found four cartel members inside, including Ovidio Guzman, who is accused of drug trafficking in the U.S.”

But upon Guzman being taken into custody, all hell broke loose.

“Allies of Guzman quickly flocked to the scene and ‘surrounded the house with a greater force’ than that of authorities, [Durazo] said,” the Los Angeles Times noted. “At the same time … ‘other groups carried out violent actions against citizens in various points of the city, generating a situation of panic.'”

The horrifying violence affected everybody, from families attempting to purchase groceries to commuters trapped on the streets:

As well as the family members of Mexico’s security forces.

“Source tells me that family members of military personnel are being warned that truckloads of cartel gunmen are hunting for the relatives of Mexican army personnel in retaliation for the capture of El Chapo’s son, Ovidio Guzman, in Culiacan, Sinaloa,” investigative reporter Ryan Saavedra revealed via Twitter at 9:00 pm Thursday.

Overpowered, Mexican security forces eventually capitulated to the thugs’ demands and released Guzman, a move some experts have decried for setting a “dangerous precedent.”

“The message is: the Mexican government is not in control, and it can be successfully blackmailed,” Falko Ernst, a Mexico researcher with the nonprofit International Crisis Group, reportedly said.

According to the Times, he added that “all eyes will now be on [Mexican President Andrés Manuel] López Obrador, who has frequently criticized the militarized approach of his predecessors and who has vowed instead to tackle the social roots of crime.”

“This is an extremely critical moment,” Ernst said. “If the government does not define a sound reaction to this, this might trigger imitations by others.”

Obrador — a far-left politician who’s argued that illegal immigration is a right (when in reality it’s a crime) — has for his part seemingly dismissed Thursday’s evenings as an irrelevant nothing-burger:

The Mexican president seems to boast a very laissez-faire/spineless attitude toward all crime in general.

When speaking last month about the growing cartel violence in Mexico, he reportedly encouraged the nation’s veritable army of drug dealers and murderers to “reconsider” their vile lifestyle and “think about themselves, their families, their mothers, their mommies.”

Earlier this week, 13 police officers were reportedly ambushed and killed in Mexico City. In response, Obrador reportedly described the massacre as “very regrettable.”


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