Mexican authorities have again arrested cartel leader Ovidio “El Ratón” Guzmán, son of incarcerated Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, and leader of the “Los Chapitos” faction of the Sinaloa Cartel. According to official sources cited in the newspaper Reforma, the operation occurred on Thursday morning in the city of Culiacán in Sinaloa.
The operation led to a series of shootings and “narco-blockades” in Culiacán (the state capital) and Los Mochis, with state authorities warning citizens to stay home. Employees have been asked not to go to work and school has been suspended. The Culiacán airport has also been closed after army officials reinforced the area, and Aeroméxico cancelled its Thursday flights to the state over security concerns.
The United States government offered a U.S. $5 million reward for information leading to Ovidio Guzmán’s capture, and he heads the list of the 15 criminals Mexico has prioritized to extradite. The arrest comes only days before U.S. President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit Mexico for the North American Leaders Summit.
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