(Presidentialwire.com)- Mexican military deployed aircraft to combat cartel members days after alleged fentanyl trafficker Ovidio Guzmán Lopez, nicknamed ‘El Raton’ or The Mouse, was captured by security forces, according to The Daily Mail. The city of Culiacan reportedly descended into chaos and became an active warzone following the arrest of El Chapo’s son.
The arrest came on the heels of a six-month-long investigation trying to track Lopez down, who took over his father’s operations after he was extradited to the United States in 2017.
Culiacan has since become dangerous and violent days before President Joe Biden visited for a North America leaders’ summit in Mexico City. Gang members have reportedly set up roadblocks with “machinegun-mounted trucks, torched vehicles, and attacked a local airport,” resulting in the deaths of three security force members.
As fentanyl pours into the United States, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador thanked Biden for being the first president “in a very long time” that has not built an inch of wall between the two countries.
Mexican military single-engine aircrafts are shown to be attacking members of the Sinaloa Cartel.
Cartel members are firing .50 caliber rifles and other weapons although it is not yet known if they have hit any government aircraft. Speculation arose that the firing began to prevent taking Lopez to Mexico City.
Three years ago, security forces reportedly arrested Lopez but he was released after Sinaloa cartel gunmen seized control of the city. Authorities have accused Lopez of being a primary trafficker of fentanyl, a lethal drug that is costing Americans their lives.
The United States State Department reports that Lopez and his brother are overseeing around 11 methamphetamine labs in the state of Sinaloa where they are producing 3000-5000 pounds of the drug every month. The U.S. has offered up to $5 million for information leading to the trafficker’s arrest.