In the fight against the powerful drug gangs of the country, Mexican security forces have suffered a defeat. They could not believe the son of US-arrested drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, as previously reported. They had to release the alleged criminals again because the mission was not well prepared. That said the Mexican Minister of Defense Luis Crescencui Sandoval.

Only during the action, the forces had sought an arrest warrant, so the son of "El Chapo" had not been arrested, said Defense Minister Sandoval.

Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo said on Thursday that Ovidio Guzmán López, the son of "El Chapo", was arrested with three other suspects in a residential building. About 30 members of the National Guard were involved in the operation in Culiacán in the western Mexican state of Sinaloa. However, the patrol of the National Guard was attacked from the house in Culiacán. It then came to firefights, the security forces were facing a majority of armed attackers.

Government calls for avoiding the streets

Thursday's raid was followed by heavy firefights and street fighting in Culiacán, where around 750,000 people live. Residents had to flee in the middle of the shootings, the security minister had said. The fighting lasted about six hours. According to the AFP, the armed attackers blocked roads and highways, bringing public life to a standstill. According to the government, an unknown number of prisoners in the Aguaruto de Culiacán prison also broke out. According to the government, several police officers were injured.

Ovidio and his brother Alfredo Guzmán are said to have taken over the leadership of part of the "El Chapo" led Sinaloa cartel for years after her father was extradited to the United States in 2017. "El Chapo" was sentenced to life imprisonment in New York in July. The longtime leader of the notorious Sinaloa cartel was once considered the most powerful drug lord in the world. Despite his detention, his cartel continues to smuggle most drugs into the US.

Since his inauguration at the end of last year, Mexico's left-leaning leader López Obrador has repeatedly said he would effectively fight crime in the country. Successes were missing. More than 250,000 people have died in the Mexican drug war since the beginning of the 2006 army war on drugs.