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Son of ‘El Chapo’ arrested in Sinaloa after a violent operation

A few days before Joe Biden's visits Mexico, Ovidio Guzman, son of “El Chapo,” was arrested in the northern state.
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FILE - This Oct. 17, 2019 frame grab from video provided by the Mexican government shows Ovidio Guzman Lopez at the moment of his detention, in Culiacan, Mexico. Mexican security forces were forced to release the son of Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman that day after his gunmen shot up the western city of Culiacan. (CEPROPIE via AP File)

SINALOA, Culiacán — A violent operation in Culiacan Sinaloa in Mexico concluded with the arrest of Ovidio Guzman, son of “El Chapo,” on Thursday.

During a press conference, leaders of national security from Mexico confirmed the arrest.

The Secretary of Defense said they had planned the operation and recognized Ovidio N. Guzman as one of the attackers and after blockages, confrontation and several burned vehicles, the Mexican authorities were able to arrest the suspect.

“The leader of the fraction ‘Los Menores’ part of the Pacific Cartel has caused violence in four states and the northeast region of the country,” said General Luis Cresencio Sandoval González, Secretary of National Defense.

Sandoval added that after the arrest he was taken to Mexico City for proper federal procedures.

Sinaloa issued an “Important announcement” suspending all activities and recommending citizens to stay at home.  

While the U.S. Embassy in Mexico issued a security alert about "Reports of gunfire occurring in multiple locations in the state, including Culiacan, Los Mochis, and Guasave." 

As of 8:50 a.m., local time, the airport in Culiacan, Sinaloa had all flights canceled, resuming operations until around 4:11 p.m., according to the airport's website.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as more information becomes available. 

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