Spotlight: El Chapo’s son escape and terror of the Sinaloa Cartel

Mauro Flores, Spotlight Columnist

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Escape seems to run in the Guzman family and so is embarrassing the government of Mexico.

Over the weekend, Olvidio Guzman Lopez, son of Joaquin Guzman Loera, drug lord known as “El Chapo” managed to escape apprehension just like his father did twice before, according to several news outlets.

Guzman Lopez managed to escape when members of his cartel greatly outmatched Mexican forces. 

It began with a siege on the city of Culiacan on Thursday by the Sinaloa Cartel, once operated by El Chapo.

Videos of fierce gun battles in the streets, armed men blocking roads, residents fleeing to safety and clouds of black smoke rising from burning vehicles swamped all of social media. All this terror and chaos for what? To release another criminal from the Guzman family.

The Mexican forces aren’t all that prepared to handle situations where they confront cartels or mafias in the streets. In the end, are the citizens of Sinaloa really protected if their police force can’t handle gun confrontation. I mean they did surrender and free Guzman Lopez.

After the Mexican armed forces managed to detain him, they were forced to let him go after eight of their members were taken by force and held hostage.

Despite having some of their men be held hostage, it wasn’t a right move freeing Guzman Lopez. He is a very important member of the Sinaloa Cartel making him an important asset for the Mexican Government. 

The citizens’ safety comes first and I couldn’t be more in favor, but now it’s a major setback for Mexico and their job to end narco terror in the streets having Guzman Lopez out and about.