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El Chapo's daughter ties the knot with 'drug baron's' nephew in lavish ceremony at Mexican cathedral after arriving in armored vehicles

El Chapo's 'untouchable' son, 36, plays Robin Hood and gives away CARS, huge boxes of Christmas gifts and food to locals at bling holiday party run by Mexico's deadliest drug cartel

Photographs and videos, including performances by a popular Mexican band and singers, fireworks, and yellow tape around the cathedral, were shared on social media. The couple are seen holding hands at their wedding

  • Alejandrina Gisselle Guzman married Edgar Cazares in Mexico on January 25 
  • Edgar the nephew of alleged cartel money launderer Blanca Margarita Cazares
  • They tied the knot in the cathedral of Sinaloa's state capital Culiacan
  • Pair arrived in armored vehicles and cartel hitmen reportedly provided security
  • Meanwhile, El Chapo is serving a life sentence in prison in the United States 

The daughter of Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman has married another offspring of a drug empire in a lavish ceremony held in the cathedral of Sinaloa's state capital Culiacan.

Alejandrina Gisselle Guzman married Edgar Cazares, the nephew of Blanca Margarita Cazares - an alleged cartel money launderer, Mexican newspaper Reforma reported on Saturday, in the heartland of Mexico's powerful Sinaloa Cartel.

The wedding took place on January 25, Reforma said. Photographs and videos, including performances by a popular Mexican band and singers, fireworks, and yellow tape around the cathedral, were shared on social media.

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El Chapo's daughter dances on her wedding day
Alejandrina Gisselle Guzman (left) married Edgar Cazares (right), the nephew of Blanca Margarita Cazares

Alejandrina Gisselle Guzman (left) married Edgar Cazares (right), the nephew of Blanca Margarita Cazares

Alejandrina is seen dancing with her mother - El Chapo's first wife
Alejandrina is seen dancing with her husband
Photographs and videos, including performances by a popular Mexican band and singers, fireworks, and yellow tape around the cathedral, were shared on social media. The couple are seen holding hands at their wedding

Photographs and videos, including performances by a popular Mexican band and singers, fireworks, and yellow tape around the cathedral, were shared on social media. The couple are seen holding hands at their wedding

The pair arrived in luxury armored vehicles and Mexican media reports that heavily-armed drug cartel hitmen provided security.

El Chapo was unable to attend because he is serving a life sentence in prison in the US, however Alejandrina did dance with her mother - El Chapo's second wife.

The white wore white lace gown with a tiara, and carried a huge bouquet of white flowers on her special day. 

A source at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Culiacan, confirmed the wedding took place, but declined to give details. The couple could not be reached for comment.

Culiacan citizens living and working near the cathedral told Reuters on Saturday that they had noticed an extravagant wedding though they had been unaware of who the couple was.

'The church is for everyone,' Sofia, who declined to give her surname, said. 'But the church shouldn't give privileges to anyone.' 

Others agreed. 'With money, you can close any building here,' Francisca added. 'It's unfair.'

Alejandrina is seen wearing a white dress and holding an enormous bouquet of white flowers
Alejandrina is seen wearing a white dress and holding an enormous bouquet of white flowers

Alejandrina is seen wearing a white dress and holding an enormous bouquet of white flowers

Armored vehicles are seen outside the cathedral of Sinaloa's state capital Culiacan

Armored vehicles are seen outside the cathedral of Sinaloa's state capital Culiacan

Blanca Margarita Cazares was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury in 2007 for her 'sophisticated money laundering apparatus' and links to Ismael 'El Mayo' Zambada Garcia and Victor Emilio Cazares of the Sinaloa Cartel.

She is known as The Empress. 

Reuters could not determine charges against the couple.

The Sinaloa Cartel has kept a firm grip on the drug trade even as El Chapo is serving a life sentence in prison in the United States; business has been proceeding unabated under the leadership of his sons and their associates.

Hundreds of heavily armed Sinaloa Cartel members, guns blazing, last year took the modern city of about a million people hostage after son Ovidio was detained. Within hours, he was released.

Edgar is seen proposing to Alejandrina at a ski resort. Edgar is the nephew of Blanca Margarita Cazares, who was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury in 2007 for her 'sophisticated money laundering apparatus' and links to Ismael 'El Mayo' Zambada Garcia and Victor Emilio Cazares of the Sinaloa Cartel

Edgar is seen proposing to Alejandrina at a ski resort. Edgar is the nephew of Blanca Margarita Cazares, who was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury in 2007 for her 'sophisticated money laundering apparatus' and links to Ismael 'El Mayo' Zambada Garcia and Victor Emilio Cazares of the Sinaloa Cartel

Alejandrina shows off her engagement ring after Edgar popped the question at a ski resort

Alejandrina shows off her engagement ring after Edgar popped the question at a ski resort

A source at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Culiacan confirmed the wedding took place, but declined to give details. The couple are pictured

A source at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Culiacan confirmed the wedding took place, but declined to give details. The couple are pictured

Meanwhile, the Sinaloa Cartel has kept a firm grip on the drug trade even as El Chapo (pictured in 2017)  is serving a life sentence in prison in the United States

Meanwhile, the Sinaloa Cartel has kept a firm grip on the drug trade even as El Chapo (pictured in 2017)  is serving a life sentence in prison in the United States

Meanwhile, his daughter has been capitalizing on his legacy with the launch of the 'El Chapo 701' brand last year. In January, she diversified the brand's business line from fashion into beverages with the launch of an 'El Chapo' beer.

The brand got its name from when Forbes named her father the 701st richest person in the world in 2009, estimating his net worth at $1 billion.

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Mexican security forces put El Chapo's son on his knees outside his home and force him to call his brother to stop cartel members attacking soldiers in Culiacan gun battle that left 13 people dead Drug kingpin El Chapo's 'untouchable' son, 36, gives away CARS, locals in Mexico

  • Video footage shows residents in Mexico being treated to a concert where cars and SUVs were given away by the son of Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán
  • Residents in an unidentified town in Sinaloa were feted with the lavish giveaway that also included a live band, food and drinks
  • An Instagram account attributed to Ivan Archivaldo Guzmán, son of the jailed drug kingpin, also showed the moment children thanked him for gifts
  • The 36-year-old also uploaded photos containing supermarket plastic bags filled with goodies that were reportedly distributed across several towns in Sinaloa 

The son of jailed drug lord Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán treated residents in the family's home state of Sinaloa with a car giveaway, concert and free food at a massive Christmas party.

Videos uploaded across several Mexican social media accounts showed a row of at least 10 cars and SUVs lined up at the event at an unidentified town in Mexico.

Ivan Archivaldo Guzmán's gesture was similar to those of El Chapo's former associate Pablo Escobar, the infamous drug kingpin who was also known for his generous giveaways. 

A video uploaded to an Instagram account unofficially attributed to Guzmán showed the moment a bevy of giddy children accepted gifts a week ago.

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El Chapo's son showers locals with gifts and cars for Christmas
At least 10 cars were given away to residents of a town in Sinaloa, Mexico, as part of a Christmas holiday party put together El Chapo's old Sinaloa Cartel

At least 10 cars were given away to residents of a town in Sinaloa, Mexico, as part of a Christmas holiday party put together El Chapo's old Sinaloa Cartel

Guests enjoyed a live band at a recent Christmas holiday party in western Mexico

Guests enjoyed a live band at a recent Christmas holiday party in western Mexico

The Sinaloa Cartel allegedly treated guests to an array of early Christmas gifts at a recent bash

The Sinaloa Cartel allegedly treated guests to an array of early Christmas gifts at a recent bash

Videos uploaded across several Mexican social media accounts showed some of the cars and SUVs that were gifted to lucky winners

Videos uploaded across several Mexican social media accounts showed some of the cars and SUVs that were gifted to lucky winners 

'Thank you Don Ivan,' the children shouted in unison as they gathered in front of a cellphone camera in an undisclosed location in Mexico.

The social media account also contained a slide show of supermarket plastic bags filled with goodies.  

One of those Instagram Story posts featured Jose Feliciano's 'Feliz Navidad' song, one of the most downloaded Christmas songs in history.  

A Christmas tag attached to one of the bags partly read: 'May this season be full of happiness ... [may] the light provide you faith and love. Iván Archivaldo wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.' 

The cartel's goodwill gesture fell during the same time Mexicans were celebrating Las Posadas, a centuries-old nine-day celebration that honors the coming of Christ.

People dress up as Mary and Joseph and some houses are decorated as inns. Residents participate in processions and also sing of religious hymns.

Iván Archivaldo Guzmán, 36, is one of six sons of El Chapo - the co-founder of the Sinaloa Cartel who was jailed for life on drugs charges in July after a trial in New York.

Ivan Archivaldo Guzmán used an alleged Instagram account to share photos and videos of gifts that were distributed across several towns in Sinaloa, a state in western Mexico

Ivan Archivaldo Guzmán used an alleged Instagram account to share photos and videos of gifts that were distributed across several towns in Sinaloa, a state in western Mexico

Boxes of gifts are stacked up at a recent holiday party allegedly hosted by the Sinaloa Cartel

Boxes of gifts are stacked up at a recent holiday party allegedly hosted by the Sinaloa Cartel 

Screen grab of an Instagram Story video uploaded by Ivan Archivaldo Guzmán showed several children thanking him for their early Christmas gifts

Screen grab of an Instagram Story video uploaded by Ivan Archivaldo Guzmán showed several children thanking him for their early Christmas gifts

Guzmán's gifts were a close reflection of what Escobar did at this time of the year at the helm of the global dominant Medellin Cartel.

He once ordered the construction of more than 200 homes for poor families living in the Medellin slum of Moravia, and also built more than 50 soccer pitches and made sure his henchmen delivers loads of gifts ahead of Christmas.

Escobar also made sure that the wishes of his children's Christmas lists were met each year. Legend has it that Colombian drug lord once ordered a white horse to be outfitted as a unicorn after his daughter Daniela asked for one. 

A live band welcomed special invited guests to a holiday bash reportedly put together by El Chapo's old Sinaloa Cartel

A live band welcomed special invited guests to a holiday bash reportedly put together by El Chapo's old Sinaloa Cartel 

A Christmas tag attached to one of the bags partly read: 'May this season be full of happiness ... [may] the light provide you faith and love. Iván Archivaldo wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.'

A Christmas tag attached to one of the bags partly read: 'May this season be full of happiness ... [may] the light provide you faith and love. Iván Archivaldo wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.'

Guzmán's season of giving comes two months after he directed a war-like assault on Mexican security forces who descended upon the home of his brother, Ovidio Guzmán López, in October to serve an arrest warrant for his extradition to the United States. 

Mexican law enforcement had Guzmán López outside a house on his knees against a wall before they were forced to back off and let him go as cartel gunmen shot up the Culiacán. 

Video shot by soldiers shows Guzmán López exiting the house with his hands up. 

Soldiers ordered him to call off the attacks around the city as gunfire was heard in the background.

Guzmán López then called his brother on his cellphone and told him to stop the chaos.

Guzmán refused and shouted threats against the soldiers and their families.

Ovidio Guzmán López
Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán

Ovidio Guzmán López (left), along with his brothers, is believed to be a leader in the Sinola Cartel co-founded by his father, Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán, (right), before he was jailed in the United States for life

The attacks, led by at least 150 gunmen aboard 30 vehicles, continued before the first wounded soldiers were reported. In all, 13 people were killed in gun battles around the city.

Guzmán knew that the cartel had the upper hand. At least two officers and nine soldiers were held hostage in an effort to secure his brother's freedom.

Officials in Mexico City ultimately ordered security forces to withdraw four hours after the operation began to avoid more bloodshed.

Guzmán was charged by a federal California court in a January 2015 unsealed indictment that accused him of shipping drugs from Mexico to the United States and money laundering.

With the 62-year-old El Chapo serving a life sentence at a super maximum security facility in Florence, Colorado, his sons are reportedly sharing the control of the organization with its co-founder, Ismael 'El Mayo' Zambada.

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El Chapo's TWO sons were arrested by Mexican police, but the eldest escaped custody and then freed his younger brother by starting brutal gunfight that turned Sinaloa into a warzone that left 8 dead

The son of Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán turns himself in during an operation earlier this month in Mexico

  • The Mexican government released a video of the moment it tried to arrest El Chapo's son Ovidio Guzmán López in northern Mexico on October 17
  • Guzmán López is led out of him home by soldiers and is told to call his brother, Iván Archivaldo Guzmán, to stop the attacks around Culiacán
  • After being placed on his knees, he calls his brother who refuses to stop attacking soldiers in response to his brother's arrest 
  • The gun battle left at least 13 people dead and Guzmán López was eventually released by security forces so his brother would stop the attacks 

The Mexico government has released video of the moment El Chapo's son was detained outside his home in Culiacán, placed on his knees and told to call his brother to stop a counterattack on soldiers by armed cartel members around the city.

Video of the failed arrest of Ovidio Guzmán López was revealed by Mexico's Defense Secretary Luis Cresencio Sandoval on Wednesday  — an incident that embarrassed the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. 

In the footage, Ovidio Guzmán López is shown surrounded by soldiers with one telling him to call his brother, Iván Archivaldo Guzmán, and tell him to stop the gun battle he launched in response to his brother's house being surrounded. 

'Tell them to stop everything,' a solider says as the sound of high-powered artillery rattles away in the background.

'Stop this, stop this. I already turned myself in,' Guzmán López can be heard telling his brother.

The Mexican government revealed Wednesday morning video footage of  Ovidio Guzmán López's October 17 detention that spared a fierce gun battle before he was released

The Mexican government revealed Wednesday morning video footage of  Ovidio Guzmán López's October 17 detention that spared a fierce gun battle before he was released

The son of Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán turns himself in during an operation earlier this month in Mexico

The son of Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán turns himself in during an operation earlier this month in MexicoArchivaldo responded 'no' and shouted threats against the soldiers and their families. The attacks continued and eight minutes later the first wounded soldiers were reported.

Towards the end of the video, Guzmán López begs his brother: 'Please tell them to stop. Relax. Tell them to retreat. But just tell them. I don't want there to be any more chaos, please.' 

Soon after police arrested Guzmán López, Sinaloa Cartel gunmen surrounded the residence and staged gun battles and burning road blocks around Culiacán, causing widespread panic. Later that afternoon, police withdrew from the residence without him. 

Thirteen people were killed in gun battles around the city.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador
Ovidio Guzmán López

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (left) once again defended the decision to release Ovidio Guzmán López (right), reiterating it was made to protect civilian lives and prevent bloodshed

Iván Archivaldo Guzmán ordered an all-out attack on the Mexican military after they detained his brother, Ovidio Guzmán López.

Iván Archivaldo Guzmán ordered an all-out attack on the Mexican military after they detained his brother, Ovidio Guzmán López. 

A Mexican soldier records the moment Ovidio Guzmán López instructs his brother Iván Archivaldo Guzmán to stop attacking security forces and to order gunmen to retreat

A Mexican soldier records the moment Ovidio Guzmán López instructs his brother Iván Archivaldo Guzmán to stop attacking security forces and to order gunmen to retreat

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Mexican president says the army released El Chapo's son to prevent all-out war El Chapo's son proves to be hard to catch as father once was thanks to help from his older

  • It's now said that El Chapo's eldest son, Ivan Archivaldo Guzman, orchestrated the violence that got Ovidio Guzman Lopez freed from custody Thursday
  • Ivan was said to have been taken into custody but quickly freed by his henchmen
  • He then turned around and set off the gunfight between cartel henchmen and Mexican authorities, eventually leading to eight people dying and 20 wounded 
  • The fighting resulted in Ovidio being freed by the outgunned authorities 
  • El Chapo Guzman's lawyer said the deadly attempt to capture Ovidio Guzman Lopez was initiated by a Washington, DC, federal judge's arrest warrant 
  • Despite troops storming his home, Ovidio was not taken into custodyTwo of the eight people who died during Thursday's violence are pictured in Culiacan

El Chapo's oldest son came to his younger brother's rescue by orchestrating the violence that forced Mexican authorities to release him, a new report says. 

Both Ivan Archivaldo Guzman, 39, and brother Ovidio Guzman Lopez, 28, were said to have been taken into custody Thursday when 35 troops raided a home in Culiacan, in Mexico's Sinaloa state. 

The Mexican authorities wanted to arrest Ovidio on a 2018 extradition request from the US.

El Chapo's lawyer said Thursday's botch effort to capture the incarcerated drug kingpin's son, Ovidio Guzman Lopez (pictured), in Mexico was initiated by a US federal judge's arrest warrant

El Chapo's lawyer said Thursday's botch effort to capture the incarcerated drug kingpin's son, Ovidio Guzman Lopez (pictured), in Mexico was initiated by a US federal judge's arrest warrant 

El Chapo's eldest son, Ivan Archivaldo Guzman (pictured), was said to be responsible for orchestrating the violence that turned the city into a warzone and freed Ovidio Thursday
El Chapo's eldest son, Ivan Archivaldo Guzman (pictured), was said to be responsible for orchestrating the violence that turned the city into a warzone and freed Ovidio Thursday 

Sources told the New York Times that after Ivan was captured during the raid, his henchmen were able to overpower the troops quickly and gain his release. 

Ivan was said to have organized what would become the substantial show of force that turned Culiacan into an urban warzone for eight hours, all in an effort to get his brother released.  

He held several of the troops hostage and sources told the newspaper that the cartel henchmen also kidnapped the trooper's families. 

Authorities were eventually forced to release Ovidio after finding themselves outgunned during the ferocious shootout with Sinaloa Cartel henchmen, which left eight dead and more than 20 wounded.     

El Chapo's lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, said that the arrest warrant came from a Washington, DC, judge. Eight people died during the fight between Mexican authorities and cartel gunmen

Authorities admitted Friday that the troops let Ovidio go after eight of their own members were held hostage. The troops were also surrounded by enemies and there was no clear exit strategy for them.    

'Decisions were made that I support, that I endorse because the situation turned very bad and lots of citizens were at risk, lots of people and it was decided to protect the life of the people,' President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said in a news conference Friday. 

'You cannot value the life of a delinquent more than the lives of the people.' 

El Chapo's lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, told the New York Post Friday that Ovidio's arrest warrant - which kicked off the day's raid and subsequent violence - originated from a federal judge in Washington, DC. 


Sinaloa cartel brings havoc to Mexico after arrest of El Chapo's son

Lichtman said that Ovidio is 'safe and not in custody,' but noted that it was 'unclear what exactly happened,' but that they would look into it 'As soon as the smoke clears.'     

Ovidio and brother Joaquin Guzman Lopez were indicted in 2018 in Washington, along with a fourth brother, on charges of trafficking cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.

The indictment was unsealed on February 13 and covered the period from April 2008 to April 2018. At the time, the brothers' father, El Chapo, was running the Sinaloa cartel with Ismael 'El Mayo' Zambada.   

El Chapo was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years by a Brooklyn federal judge in July, after being convicted of multiple charges, including drug trafficking, money laundering and murder conspiracy. 

The cartel is now said to be run by El Chapo's two other sons, Ivan and Jesus Alfredo Guzman, alongside Zambada. 

Thursday's gun battle was said to have paralyzed Culiacan, and left the streets littered with burning vehicles, which residents took cover indoors as automatic gunfire raged outside.  

Mexican authorities said 35 troops arrived at a home Thursday afternoon to arrest Ovidio on a 2018 extradition request from the US, kicking off chaos and violence in Culiacan, Mexico

Mexican authorities said 35 troops arrived at a home Thursday afternoon to arrest Ovidio on a 2018 extradition request from the US, kicking off chaos and violence in Culiacan, Mexico

Vehicles were burned during the clash on Thursday, which also led to prisoners escaping

Vehicles were burned during the clash on Thursday, which also led to prisoners escaping 

Two of the eight people who died during Thursday's violence are pictured in Culiacan

Two of the eight people who died during Thursday's violence are pictured in Culiacan

A burned semi truck used by gunman could be seen smoldering at an intersection Friday

A burned semi truck used by gunman could be seen smoldering at an intersection Friday

Another person is pictured here dead in the street in Culiacan following the violent struggle

Another person is pictured here dead in the street in Culiacan following the violent struggle 

A police officer is shown here pouring water over the burning wreck of a truck on Friday

A police officer is shown here pouring water over the burning wreck of a truck on Friday

Ovidio is one of El Chapo's (pictured in 2014) sons. Ovidio and two brothers were indicted in 2018 in Washington, on charges of trafficking cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana

Ovidio is one of El Chapo's (pictured in 2014) sons. Ovidio and two brothers were indicted in 2018 in Washington, on charges of trafficking cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana

In addition to the 35 men who entered Ovidio's home, heavily-armed men in greater force surrounded the house and also unleashed mayhem elsewhere, taking over toll booths and main roads into the city. Men carrying high-caliber weapons blocked major intersections.

Amid the chaos, inmates at a prison rioted, seized weapons from guards and fled. Fifty-six prisoners escaped, and 49 were still at large Friday, according to Sinaloa Public Security Secretary Cristóbal Castañeda. Two guards were taken captive and later freed.

The attacks were so brazen that Sinaloa cartel gunmen took several soldiers hostage and even attacked the housing complex where soldiers' wives and children live.

The government's security cabinet made the decision to withdraw the troops to avoid greater loss of life.

'The capture of one criminal cannot be worth more than the lives of people. They made the decision and I supported it,' López Obrador said. He added: 'We do not want deaths. We do not want war.'

Security cabinet officials said they were not informed about the operation beforehand. They said troops surrounded the house without a search warrant and came under fire before one could be delivered, at that point deciding to enter without the warrant. And they said the troops underestimated the cartel's response.

Sandoval said that if the security cabinet had known about the operation, it would have gone about it differently and deployed more troops and even sent air support.

'This group ... rushed things. It did not consider the consequences,' he said. 

Juan Pablo Badillo, a lawyer who represents the drug lord in Mexico, praised López Obrador, saying Ovidio Guzman was freed 'by a manly order, an intelligent order, a sensible order from President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.'   

Streets in Culiacan, a city of over 800,000, remained blocked with torched cars Friday morning, schools were closed, and some public offices asked their employees to stay home.  

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Gun battles rock Mexican city after El Chapo's son detained

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Mexican president says the army released El Chapo's son to prevent all-out war

  • The brief apprehension of Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's son, Ovidio Guzman Lopez, triggered a raging gun battle on Thursday in Culiacan, Mexico
  • Security forces say they were forced to release Ovidio and retreat after heavily armed cartel fighters surrounded them and launched a war across the city
  • Authorities said they were patrolling an area of the city when they were fired upon from a house
  • They fired back and were eventually able to enter the house where they found four cartel members inside, including Ovidio Guzman
  • Following his arrest, Culiacan exploded in violence with armed civilians in trucks roaring through the city on trucks with mounted machine guns  
  • Authorities said they eventually released Ovidio to restore calm in the city
  • Ovidio is wanted in the U.S. on charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana in the United States
The brief apprehension of Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's son, Ovidio Guzman Lopez, triggered a raging gun battle on Thursday in the Mexican city of Culiacan

The brief apprehension of Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's son, Ovidio Guzman Lopez, triggered a raging gun battle on Thursday in the Mexican city of Culiacan

Mexican security forces were forced to release one of drug lord El Chapo's sons and retreat after heavily armed cartel fighters surrounded them and launched a war across the city of Culiacan. 

The brief apprehension of Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's son, Ovidio Guzman Lopez, triggered a raging gun battle on Thursday in the city that is home to the notorious drug kingpin's Sinaloa cartel.

Mexican Security Minister Alfonso Durazo said 30 members of the National Guard militarized police were patrolling an area in the city, 370 miles northwest of Mexico City, when they were fired on from a house. 

Authorities fired back and were eventually able to enter the house where they found four cartel members inside, including Ovidio Guzman, who is accused of drug trafficking in the U.S.   

Heavily armed gunmen quickly surrounded the home in retaliation and an intense, hours-long gunfight broke out as the civilians loyal to the drug lord opened fire on the security forces. 

The patrol was eventually overpowered by the cartel gunmen and the decision was taken to withdraw to protect the lives of the National Guard and restore calm in the city, Durazo said. 

A lawyer for El Chapo's family, José Luis González Meza, said that Guzmán's family had told him 'Ovidio is alive and free' but that he had no more details about what had happened.  

His current whereabouts are unknown.  

Following the apprehension of Ovidio on Thursday, Culiacan exploded in violence with armed civilians in trucks roaring through the city's center shooting what appeared to be .50-caliber sniper rifles and machine guns
Cartel gunmen are seen near a burning truck during clashes with federal forces following the detention of Ovidio Guzman on Thursday

Cartel gunmen are seen near a burning truck during clashes with federal forces following the detention of Ovidio Guzman on Thursday

The civilian gunmen blocked a number of city streets with burning vehicles, which is a common tactic to make it difficult for authorities to maneuver

The civilian gunmen blocked a number of city streets with burning vehicles, which is a common tactic to make it difficult for authorities to maneuver 

Ovidio Guzman
Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman

Ovidio Guzman (left), along with his brothers, is believed to be influential in the cartel since their father, Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, (right) was jailed in the United States

Ovidio, along with his brothers, is believed to be influential in the cartel since their father was jailed for life in the United States. 

Despite the reaction to his arrest, Ovidio is not one of El Chapo's best-known sons.

Iván Archivaldo Guzmán and Jesús Alfredo Guzmán are known as 'los Chapitos', or 'the little Chapos', and are believed to currently run their father's Sinaloa Cartel together with Ismael 'El Mayo' Zambada. 

Following the apprehension of Ovidio on Thursday, Culiacan exploded in violence with armed civilians in trucks roaring through the city's center shooting what appeared to be .50-caliber sniper rifles and machine guns. 

Footage on social media showed scenes resembling a war zone as masked gunmen rode on the back of trucks firing mounted machine guns as vehicles burned. 

People could be seen running for cover as machine gun fire rattled around them. Drivers drove in reverse frantically to get away from the clashes.  

State police said there were no confirmed deaths, but photos showed a number of blood-covered bodies strewn across various streets. 

Sinaloa public safety director Cristóbal Castañeda told Milenio television that there were people wounded but did not provide a casualty figure. 

Dead bodies were strewn across streets following the clashes despite state police saying there were no confirmed deaths

Dead bodies were strewn across streets following the clashes despite state police saying there were no confirmed deaths  

Other officials said there were people wounded but did not give a casualty figure. A dead body is pictured above lying on the road by a car

Other officials said there were people wounded but did not give a casualty figure. A dead body is pictured above lying on the road by a car 

He did not rule out that there were deaths. 

The civilian gunmen blocked a number of city streets with burning vehicles, which is a common tactic to make it difficult for authorities to maneuver. 

State police said several prisoners escaped from a prison during the chaos. Video footage showed a group of between 20 to 30 people running in the streets. 

It was not immediately clear how they escaped from the prison. Sinaloa public safety director Cristóbal Castañeda told Milenio television that some of the prisoners were quickly recaptured.  

Vehicles and a petrol station were also set on fire as the cartel gunmen roamed the city.

Civilians hid in the aisles of a supermarket, while others ran for cover in leafy suburban streets. 

Sinaloa's soccer club Dorados announced that it had cancelled its game on Thursday due to security concerns. 

The chaotic scenes in Culiacan, long a stronghold for the Guzmans' Sinaloa cartel, will increase pressure on President Lopez Obrador, who took office in December promising to pacify a country weary after more than a decade of drug-war fighting. 

Chaos ensues after El Chapo's son is arrested in Mexico CityHeavily armed civilians in trucks were firing in downtown Culiacan, with some shooting what appeared to be .50-caliber sniper rifles and truck-mounted machine guns

Heavily armed civilians in trucks were firing in downtown Culiacan, with some shooting what appeared to be .50-caliber sniper rifles and truck-mounted machine guns

Heavily armed civilians in trucks were firing in downtown Culiacan, with some shooting what appeared to be .50-caliber sniper rifles and truck-mounted machine guns

Heavily armed civilians in trucks were firing in downtown Culiacan, with some shooting what appeared to be .50-caliber sniper rifles and truck-mounted machine guns

Footage on social media showed scenes resembling a war zone as masked gunmen rode on the back of trucks firing mounted machine guns as vehicles burned

Footage on social media showed scenes resembling a war zone as masked gunmen rode on the back of trucks firing mounted machine guns as vehicles burned 

Vehicles and a petrol station were set on fire as the cartel gunmen roamed the city
Gun battles rock Mexican city after El Chapo's son detained
WHO IS EL CHAPO'S SON OVIDIO GUZMAN LOPEZ?  

Ovidio Guzman Lopez is believed to be influential in the Sinaloa cartel since his father, El Chapo, was jailed for life in the United States. 

Despite the reaction to his arrest, Ovidio is not one of El Chapo's best-known sons.

Iván Archivaldo Guzmán and Jesús Alfredo Guzmán are known as 'los Chapitos', or 'the little Chapos', and are believed to currently run their father's Sinaloa Cartel together with Ismael 'El Mayo' Zambada. 

Ovidio, however, is wanted in the U.S. on drug charges. 

The U.S. Department of Justice unveiled an indictment against Ovidio and another of the brothers - Joaquín Guzmán López - in February. 

They are charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana in the United States.  

The indictment gave Ovidio's age as 28 and said he had been involved in trafficking conspiracies since he was a teenager. 

Murders this year are set to be at a record high. 

Sinaloa is home to the cartel by the same name, which was led by El Chapo. 

He led the Sinaloa cartel for decades, escaping from prison twice before being arrested and extradited to the United States. 

He was found guilty in a U.S. court in February of smuggling tons of drugs and sentenced to life in prison.  

After Guzmán's third arrest in 2016, an internal battle for succession began playing out. 

The battle was resolved with the arrest of Damaso López Nunez and his son Dámaso López Serrano, who led a rival faction.

The cartel is currently led by Ismael 'El Mayo' Zambada with three of Guzman's sons Ivan, Archivaldo and Alfredo.

He is believed to have about 12 children including Ovidio.

The U.S. Department of Justice unveiled an indictment against Ovidio and another of the brothers - Joaquín Guzmán López - in February. 

They are charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana in the United States.  

The indictment gave Ovidio's age as 28 and said he had been involved in trafficking conspiracies since he was a teenager. 

Vehicles burn in a street of Culiacan, state of Sinaloa, Mexico, on Thursday as heavily armed gunmen in four-by-four trucks fought an intense battle against Mexican security forces

Vehicles burn in a street of Culiacan, state of Sinaloa, Mexico, on Thursday as heavily armed gunmen in four-by-four trucks fought an intense battle against Mexican security forces

The patrol was eventually overpowered by the cartel gunmen and the decision was taken to withdraw to protect the lives of the National Guard and restore calm in the city

The patrol was eventually overpowered by the cartel gunmen and the decision was taken to withdraw to protect the lives of the National Guard and restore calm in the city

People could be seen running for cover as machine gun fire rattled around them. Drivers drove in reverse frantically to get away from the clashes

People could be seen running for cover as machine gun fire rattled around them. Drivers drove in reverse frantically to get away from the clashes

A bullet ridden vehicle remains in a street of Culiacan following the intense gun battle

A bullet ridden vehicle remains in a street of Culiacan following the intense gun battle

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