(CMR) Mexican authorities arrested Ovidio Guzmán, son of notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán, in a dramatic operation in the northern state of Sinaloa on Thursday.
A source from the federal government of Mexico told CNN that the arrest led to clashes around Culiacán. The United States State Department has described Guzmán as “a high-ranking member of the Sinaloa Cartel” prior to his arrest.
He was previously arrested by federal authorities in 2019 but was released on the orders of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to avoid further bloodshed.
According to CNN, chaos broke out in the city around Guzmán’s arrest on Thursday, with local officials telling citizens to shelter at home amid clashes with cartel members in various parts of Culiacán.
CNN also reported that unconfirmed social media videos appear to show trucks on fire and intense shooting near the airport, which was closed for most of the day due to the violence. In one video, passengers appeared to crouch for cover in an Aeromexico plane that was hit by a bullet while grounded in Culiacán.
His father, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, is serving a life sentence in the US after being found guilty in 2019 of drug trafficking and money laundering.