29 killed in operation to arrest Mexican drug kingpin’s son


Mexicans soldiers stand guard near burning vehicles on a street during an operation to arrest the son of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Ovidio Guzman, in Culiacan, Sinaloa state, Mexico, on January 5, 2023. PHOTO / AFP

Gunfire and arson shook Culiacan after the arrest, which came as Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador prepared to welcome his US counterpart Joe Biden next week for a North America leaders’ summit where security is expected to be high on the agenda.

Ten soldiers and 19 criminal suspects were killed in the operation to arrest Ovidio Guzman, son of jailed drug trafficker Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the Mexican government said Friday.

Ovidio Guzman, nicknamed “El Raton” (The Mouse), had allegedly helped to run his father’s operations since El Chapo was extradited to the United States in 2017.

The 32-year-old was rounded up Thursday in the northwestern city of Culiacan and flown to Mexico City on a military plane following six months of intelligence work to track him down, the government said.

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