RadioOnFire.com – Mexican security forces briefly captured and then released one of country’s most powerful drug lords Thursday after being overpowered by heavily armed combatants who laid siege to the northern Mexican city of Culiacan.
Mexican Security Minister Alfonso Durazo said Friday that officials were trying to protect lives when they decided to abandon an operation to detain Ovidio Guzman Lopez, a leader of the powerful Sinaloa cartel and the son of notorious drug boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
Durazo said at a news conference in Culiacan on Friday morning that 30 members of the army and the newly formed national guard were conducting a patrol Thursday afternoon when they were fired upon from a house.
Authorities returned fire, took control of the house and found four occupants inside, including 28-year-old Guzman, he said.
But when allies of Guzman flocked to the scene and “surrounded the house with a greater force,” security forces left without him.
“With the goal of safeguarding the well-being and tranquillity of Culiacan society, officials in the security Cabinet decided to suspend the actions,” he said.
Defense Secretary Luis Sandoval, speaking at the same news conference, added that several soldiers had been taken hostage by the armed combatants, and that officials decided to abandon the operation in part to rescue them.
Source LA Times