Son of Drug Lord El Chapo at the Center of Mexican Shootout

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El Chapo may be behind bars, but when his son was captured earlier this week it led to violence and bloodshed. Mexican security forces had a prolonged shootout on Thursday with the heavily-armed Sinaloa drug cartel. The cartel seemed to overpower the security forces at first. According to CNN subsidiary ADN40, armored vehicles exchanged heavy artillery fire against federal troops in broad daylight in the center of town. The battle forced some residents to flee in panic while others locked themselves in their homes to avoid the danger.

Ultimately, the government captured Ovidio Guzman Lopez (28), son of the notorious drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, in the city of Culiacan.  Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo told Reuters that he was later released to protect life.

Last February, Ovidio Guzman Lopez and his brother Joaquin Lopez were accused by the US Department of Justice of conspiring to import drugs into the US. The prosecution alleged that from April 2008 to April 2018, the brothers conspired to import cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine from Mexico and other countries into the United States.

In July El Chapo, the father, was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years in the United States. Ray Donovan, the DEA special agent who led the 22 agency taskforce that captured him, told CNN that the Sinaloa cartel still supplies the vast majority of US drug markets.


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