One of the sons of imprisoned cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was arrested Thursday in Mexico, according to reports.
“I’ve just been informed that at 3:30 p.m. of today, they apprehended Ovidio Guzmán Lopez (son of Joaquin Guzmán Loera) in the city of Culiacán, Sinaloa,” Mexican TV anchor Denise Maerker wrote on Twitter. “The arrest took place in an operation with the National Guard and the SEDENA.”
After word of Lopez’s arrest spread, multiple shootings and gun battles were reported in Culiacán.
Social media was flooded with videos of masked gunmen exchanging gunfire and trucks with mounted machine guns speeding through the streets.
Sinaloa public security secretary Cristóbal Castañeda told Milenio TV that a jailbreak had occurred in the chaos as well.
“We are inviting people to get off the streets until we have re-established control of the city,” he said.
Lopez had been accused of conspiring to distribute cocaine, meth and pot from Mexico and other areas to be sold in the U.S. between 2008 and 2018.
The Sinaloa Cartel has been experiencing a power struggle since El Chapo was arrested in 2016 and extradited to the United States. He was sentenced to life imprisonment by a federal court in January.