Son of drug lord ‘El Chapo’ captured in Mexico, authorities say

The arrest of Ovidio Guzmán López was a victory for the Mexican government. He had been briefly detained in 2019, but was released after cartel gunmen overpowered law enforcement

Ovidio Guzman, the son of infamous drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman, was arrested in northern Mexico on Thursday, authorities have confirmed.

Guzman had been captured by federal police once before in 2019, but he was freed mere hours later over fears his incarceration would lead to more violence. Although President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador at the time voiced support for the decision, it was considered an embarassing setback in Mexico’s fight against the cartels.

A firefight broke out between members of the Sinaloa cartel and Mexican security services throughout parts of the city of Culiacan on Thursday. Culiacan residents were told not leave their homes as police set up street blockades.

Obrador said a federal police operation had been taking place in the state, but added that he could not give further details for the time being.

Videos posted on social media showed chaotic scenes at an airport in Culiacan, around buildings and on the streets. Later, the Culiacan airport tweeted that it would be closed until at least 10 p.m. local time. A passenger plane was hit but gunfire, but the airline reported that no one was harmed. Source