Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, commonly known as "El Chapo" is a Mexican drug lord and former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, an international crime syndicate. He escaped from the Mexican jails twice and is now facing his third capture. His son, Guzman Lopez is believed to have picked up some of his activities and responsibilities.
His capture on Friday by the Mexican authorities was an exemplary case of poor legal standing of the Government as he was freed hours after trapping him and failure to pin him under a barrage of shootings.
The incident happened in Culiacan, the capital of the western state of Sinaloa. Mexican public security minister Alfonso Durazo said that police located Ovidio Guzman Lopez in a house. Guzman Lopez allegedly took over some of the criminal operations from his father. The authorities opted to release Guzman Lopez explaining that they wanted to preserve human life after they were overpowered by cartel members, Durazo said, and after drug traffickers wreaked havoc with shootings across the city.
On Thursday, cartel members turned Culiacan into a war zone, with homemade tanks complete with machine guns rumbling through the streets, stopping traffic and firing repeatedly. The city was littered with burning vehicles as residents posted videos on Twitter of gunfire and chaos, with plumes of black smoke rising over buildings.
Mexico has fought a decades-long war against drug gangs, in part because it serves as a connector between cocaine-producing nations in South America and consumers in the U.S. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s landslide victory in last year’s election was fuelled in part by his promises to restore security, but homicides are on pace to break last year’s record, according to data through August, rising 3.3% to more than 23,000.
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