The day of blockades and shootings in Culiacán before the arrest of Ovidio Guzmán, alleged drug trafficker of the Sinaloa Cartel and son of Joaquín el “Chapo Guzmán”, left 29 dead, said Luis Cresencio Sandoval, head of the Ministry of Defense.
Of the deceased, 10 are military and 19 from the Sinaloa Cartel group. The authorities counted 35 soldiers injured by firearms and stressed that there is no information of any innocent civilian who has lost his life.
Read: Ovidio Guzmán recaptured in Sinaloa; was transferred to the prison of “El Altiplano”, in the Edomex
At a press conference, the official reported that a total of 21 alleged members of the Sinaloa Cartel were arrested.
In addition, four Barrett fuses, six machine guns, 26 long guns, two handguns, magazines, 595 cartridges of different lanes, two bulletproof vests, 13 vehicles, 40 unused trucks (26 armored), 1.4 kg of marijuana, 150 g. of cocaine and six bags with fentanyl pills were seized.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador highlighted the “responsible manner” in which he acted to take care of the civilian population and that thanks to an intelligence action it was possible to guarantee the arrest of Ovidio Guzmán without generating major aggressions against the civilian population.
President López Obrador maintains that he acted responsibly to protect the civilian population after the arrest of Ovidio Guzmán in Sinaloa, and that there were no “innocent victims.” pic.twitter.com/Wv9k9UsW11
— Political Animal (@Pajaropolitico) January 6, 2023
In addition, he stressed that the decision to capture Ovidio Guzmán was made with autonomy and independence, without the intervention of US agencies.
“We act with autonomy, with independence, there is cooperation, and there will continue to be, but decisions are made as a sovereign government,” he said.
No active locks
On the current situation in Culiacán, López Obrador stressed that the presence of elements of the Defense, the National Guard and state police will be maintained, although he stressed that in the last hours everything has been calm and work is being done on the removal of the blockades.
The governor of Sinaloa, Rubén Rocha Moya, declared that the violent day that the state lived closed around 20:00 hours yesterday.
Cristóbal Castañeda, secretary of state security wrote this morning: “We consider that the conditions exist to return to normal activities; Even so, it is requested that if they are going to circulate in their vehicles they do it with the windows down, if they have polarized. ”
Inform that there has been no incident during the course of the night, we consider that the conditions exist to return to normal activities; Even so, it is requested that if they are going to circulate in their vehicles they do it with the windows down, if they have polarized.
— Cristóbal Castañeda (@Mtro_CCastaneda) January 6, 2023
Authorities of the three levels of government carry out preventive tours in the center and different points of Culiacán. We keep working. @C4iSinaloa #911 pic.twitter.com/Iy7sjd9RgE
— Public Security Sinaloa (@sspsinaloa1) January 6, 2023
Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard reported that there is a request for detention for extradition purposes by the United States against Ovidio Guzmán, requested since 2019, and who determines whether or not to proceed is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the judge of the case, “it is not a political decision.”
He explained that it is a process that can last several weeks and will not be done quickly.
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