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This was the 'Culiacanazo', the failed 2019 operation to capture Ovidio Guzmán


Ovidio Guzmán, son of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, was captured this Thursday, more than three years after the failed operation where he was released.

Operation in Mexico ends with the arrest of Ovidio Guzmán, the son of "El Chapo" Guzmán 1:24

(CNN Spanish) --

Ovidio Guzmán López, son of Mexican drug trafficker Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera, was captured this Thursday after an operation in the state of Sinaloa, a Mexican government source confirmed to CNN.

Guzmán López, born in 1990 and nicknamed "El Ratón", is a high-ranking member of the Sinaloa Cartel, of which his father was leader for many years, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). ) from the United States.

"Investigations by security forces indicate that Ovidio and his brother, Joaquín Guzmán-López, perform high-level command and control functions of their own drug trafficking organization, the Guzmán-López Transnational Criminal Organization, under the cloak of the Sinaloa Cartel," adds the DEA.

  • They capture Ovidio Guzmán, son of Chapo Guzmán, in an operation in Sinaloa, confirm the authorities

  • Confrontations and roadblocks in Culiacán, Mexico, due to the operation to capture Ovidio Guzmán

The capture of this Thursday occurs more than three years after the 'Culiacanazo', the failed operation in Mexico in which Ovidio Guzmán was arrested, but later released to "save lives".

The first capture, which occurred in compliance with an arrest warrant for extradition purposes issued by a judge, and the subsequent release took place on Thursday, October 17, 2019.


How was the failed 2019 operation to capture Ovidio Guzmán?

Ovidio Guzmán is requested in extradition


April 2

, a US federal court issues an arrest warrant for drug distribution crimes.


September 13

, the US Government requests Mexico for the provisional arrest warrant for extradition purposes.


September 25

, a judge in the State of Mexico issues the arrest warrant against Guzmán López.

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will be remembered in Mexico for the violent and bloody shooting in Culiacán, Sinaloa, which broke out after the capture of Ovidio.

It all started at 1:00 p.m. (Pacific time) in Mexico City:


- In Mexico City, members of the National Guard present an investigation report to the Prosecutor's Office to support the search warrant.

The Secretary of National Defense (Sedena) is preparing for the operation in Culiacán.

2:00 p.m.

- Ovidio Guzmán López arrives at a home in Culiacán.

2:30 p.m.

- The operation begins.

The place where Guzmán is is surrounded.

El Chapo's son was with his family.


- The attacks against the security forces begin.

The search warrant that was being processed in Mexico City was no longer necessary.


- The Security Cabinet of the Government of Mexico informs President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the activities carried out in Culiacán.


- Vehicles with armed people, in a hostile attitude, gather around where the staff were in the house.


- Vehicles with armed people surround the military bases in Culiacán and detain military personnel.


- Aggressions are recorded in different parts of the city.

There are burning vehicles and a massive escape of prisoners from the Aguaruto prison.


- By decision made by the Security Cabinet -supported by López Obrador-, it is determined to withdraw the security forces from where the operation was being carried out.


- The criminal structure releases an officer and four soldiers who were being held in the Costa Rica booth.


- López Obrador moves to Oaxaca.

7:30 p.m.

- The first message is given with the information that the Security Cabinet had about what was happening and then they leave for Culiacán to have a complete overview.


- The president arrives in Oaxaca, where the next day he gives more details at a press conference and says that the situation became very complicated and that "many citizens, people and human beings were at risk";

In addition, he adds that "it was decided to protect people's lives."

What happened when Ovid was temporarily stopped?

Ovidio Guzmán on his knees and receiving orders from the Mexican authorities.

This is one of the main images captured by the video of the temporary detention of Ovidio in Culiacán, which was revealed by the Government of Mexico on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, when it was 13 days after the failed capture operation that unleashed violence in the capital of Sinaloa.

The video, in which the screams of the security agents and the stupor of Ovidio Guzmán and those who accompanied him predominate, offered a look at the heart of the operation and revealed five shocking moments.

1. "Show me your hands, brother": the agents find the son of Chapo

After finding a woman and a man, the uniformed officers who carried out the operation find themselves face to face with Ovidio Guzmán.

"Come out, Ovidio, come out", they order him to go towards them.

And seconds later they ask him to show his hands, when he is already unarmed.

2. "On your knees!"

This is the order that the agents, completely dressed in black and heavily armed, give Ovidio Guzmán when they manage to arrest him.

He can see that they keep him in that position for several more seconds and then ask him to tell "his people" to stop the offensive.

3. "Stop everything, I already gave myself up... no way": the revealing order that Ovidio Guzmán would have given

El Chapo's son appears on camera with a mobile phone to his ear and moments later, when he leaves the shot, he is heard saying "Stop everything, immediately, stop everything, I already gave myself up, no way."

Just when these words are heard in the video, the Secretary of Security and Protection, Alfonso Durazo, explains at a press conference that it is "what he is establishing on the phone."

4. "I no longer want chaos, please!": what Guzmán López shouts on the phone

Towards the end of the video, when he is already in the custody of the Mexican authorities, Chapo's son reappears on camera, again with his cell phone and pronounces said phrase, apparently to stop the violence that those who defended them began to sow. in Culiacan.

5. "We are not criminals, ma'am": the words of the agents to try to calm a woman

One of the people who was with Ovidio Guzmán was a woman, whose identity is unknown, who begins to tell the agents that there are children in the place.

In the middle of her request for her to calm down, one of the agents shouts: "Don't worry, ma'am, we are not criminals."

The first minutes of the video in fact take place in the exchange of words with the woman to whom they insist that "nothing will happen, calm down."

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Source: cnnespanol

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