Ovidio Guzmán López, 28, is being held by Mexican authorities. He was taken into custody in the Mexican city of Culiacán and this led to a massive shootout as masked gunmen traded fire with Mexican security forces.
Ovidio is reportedly an active member of El Chapo’s Sinaloa Cartel. He assumed control of part of the cartel since his father was extradited in 2017. He’s reportedly facing charges in the U.S. for conspiracy to traffic cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine.
There are reports that the eldest son of El Chapo, the #Mexico drug kingpin, has been captured or killed amid gunfights on the streets of Culiacan, Sinaloa. Many cartel members are out on the streets fighting. pic.twitter.com/hiIPeAMMAZ
— Jake Hanrahan (@Jake_Hanrahan) October 18, 2019
Videos shared online shows uniformed officers apparently carrying out an operation to bring in Ovidio. There are also videos of the aftermath of the arrest. It shows heavily armed gunmen in four-by-four trucks fighting an intense battle against Mexican security forces.
The Sinaloa state government said in a statement that it was “working to restore calm and order in the face of the high-impact incidents that have occurred in recent hours in various points around Culiacan.”
¿Qué está pasando en #Culiacán?
Hasta las 5 de la tarde (hora culichi) no hay confirmación oficial, pero el rumor fuerte es que @SEDENAmx mató a Iván Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar y detuvo a Ovidio Guzmán López en un operativo. Ambos son hijos del Chapo Guzmán. pic.twitter.com/ZSKVxAnOk8
— Oscar Balmen (@oscarbalmen) October 17, 2019
62-year-old El Chapo (real name Joaquin El Chapo Guzman) was sentenced to life in prison in July for trafficking hundreds of tons of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana into the United States over the course of a quarter-century. Despite being incarcerated, his Sinaloa cartel remains one of the most powerful in Mexico.