For almost two hours the President of Mexico Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his government team detailed on Wednesday how the operation was that led to the arrest of Ovidio Guzmán, son of Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán and that caused real chaos in the streets of Culiacán.
The moment took place on October 17 and the images from that moment were officially shared by the authorities in order to give transparency to a case that has generated much debate.
The recording shows the military in a garage with their rifles in firing position. The door of the young man's house, known as El Ratón, opens and a woman and another boy come out; at that moment the order is given to leave Ovid, who initially resists but who will finally hand over his pistol and hand himself over to the soldiers.
The young man was collaborative at all times during his delivery to the 35 soldiers who were waiting for him. "Stop everything, listen, I turned myself in," he limited himself to saying. His arrest caused a real revolution in the streets of Culiacán where they demanded his immediate release. Shootings, screams and confrontations were the protagonists of a day full of tension and threats.
Hours later, the Mexican government decided to release Ovid, who they say was never on the DEA's most wanted list, the United States Drug Control Administration.
With this information display that was made to the media, the Mexican government intended to clearly report "everything that happened." The president of Mexico and his team decided to release Ovidio, they say, to protect the lives of citizens in Culiacán, where a real war had broken out. With this release, they put the saving of lives before starting a war against drug traffickers.
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