Mexican residents of Sinaloa are taking refuge in their homes to avoid the violence brought on by the arrest of Ovidio Guzmán, the son of former Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. He was apprehended on Thursday by Mexican security forces on drug trafficking charges.
His arrest set off a series of attacks on citizens, including carjacking and setting vehicles ablaze in the Sinaloan city of Culiacán. Gunfire from a helicopter was also allegedly reported via unverified footage.
Local and state officials stopped schools in Sinaloa, canceled local government operations, and warned citizens to stay inside. Amid gunshots, the Mexican military also shut down Culiacán‘s airport.
Reuters reported Thursday morning that the fuselage of a plane bound fromCuliacán, Sinaloa to Mexico City was hit by gunfire.
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Also on Thursday, authorities killed another alleged drug kingpin named Ernesto Alfredo Pinon de la Cruz, known as “El Neto,” in the border city of Ciudad Juarez just four days after he fled prison during a violent mass breakout.
The Mexican cartel’s violent response to the arrest of one of its members is typical.
Guzmán was previously arrested in 2019 on similar charges. He was subsequently let go by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador after gunmen started shooting high-powered weapons throughout the city in retaliation.