The arrest surprised as it occurred days before the visit to Mexico of US President Joe Biden (Cuartoscuro)
The arrest of Ovidio Guzmán, one of the sons of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, unleashed a series of fires, blockades and attacks in Culiacán, Sinaloa, which not only shook the country, but other countries in the world.
One by one, the mistakes of Ovidio Guzmán that allowed his capture in Jesús María, Sinaloa
In addition to the planning of the federal forces, the leader of Los Chapitos and his relatives made multiple mistakes that facilitated the operation.
Videos of injuries, clashes, fires, and violent clashes of soldiers with artillery vehicles began to be disseminated on social networks. However, the international agency Reuters carried out a reverse search exercise to detect the images that did not correspond to the actual event of Ovid’s capture.
The examples shown below are just a few of the large amount of false information that was spread through social networks, blogs and pseudo-news portals.
They took him to Semefo after the capture of Ovidio Guzmán, but he was still alive; he died 10 days later
Federal authorities transferred the body of a young man who had multiple bullet wounds, but did not realize that he was still alive
A 22-second video that circulated after Ovidio’s capture, for example, showed several police officers walking down a corridor surrounded by medical personnel. However, while the clip was edited with false captions to make it appear as though it was related to the arrest in Sinaloa, it was actually found to date from 2017 and was recorded in Guatemala.
Prepare to be at the EDGE of your seat for some REAL LIFE Narcos, as clashes between Mexican cartel and Mexican forces take place following the detention of the son of famous drug lord El Chapo, as gang members TAKE OVER a local hospital forcing .. pic.twitter.com/YK4HPsk95d
— George A. Hamalian (@gahamalian) January 8, 2023
In another clip, where shots can be seen between a military convoy and different vehicles on public roads, it was falsely linked to the arrest of the leader of one of the sons of “El Chapo”. The video has been circulating on the internet since at least December 25, 2022, and was apparently recorded in Tamaulipas during a confrontation between the military and alleged Gulf Cartel gunmen.
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“The Sinaloa Cartel has launched large-scale retaliatory attacks against Mexican security forces following the capture of Ovidio Guzmán. This is happening next door,” the video description read.
Reuters did not independently confirm the source of the video, but it has existed online since at least December 25, 2022, when it was posted on Twitter. The agency could not confirm if it was actually a confrontation in Tamaulipas or in Acapulco, Guerrero.
Ambush of the Northeast Cartel to the Mexican military in Nuevo Laredo (Tamaulipas 🇲🇽). The video is probably from this week because there were clashes, but similar events have been recorded several times this month. pic.twitter.com/VZJEBQkaIa
— Niporwifi © (@niporwifi) December 25, 2022
Another recording showed machine gun bursts that were fired from an airplane, however, it was verified that these images were from before the arrest of the drug trafficker also nicknamed “El Ratón”.
The video was widely shared online after Guzmán’s capture on January 5 and shows bursts of bullets being fired from a plane flying over barren terrain.
Although Reuters was unable to find the original source of the clip, a reverse image search revealed that the video presumably dates from August 21, 2021, when it was uploaded to a Facebook page.
“The Mexican Air Force firing on the cartel. Right now there is a real war going on in Mexico. Very soon this war between the cartel and the Mexican government could spread to our border and to the cities of the southern United States. We must secure our border immediately.”
Mexico’s Air Force firing at the Cartel.
There is a real war being waged right now in Mexico.
Very soon this war between the Cartel and the Mexican government could extend to our border and southern US cities.
We must secure our border immediately.
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) January 7, 2023
A recording that circulated on the internet showing two groups dressed in military equipment shooting at each other was not recorded in Culiacán after the arrest of Ovidio Guzmán. However, it was actually a fragment taken from a Brazilian television program.
In the video, a group in military gear is seen hunched behind a wall, with one member going first by sliding between two steps. Another group flees down an alley in the middle of a gunfight.
Users shared the video on social networks stating that it showed street clashes after the arrest of Guzmán López, in reality it was recorded on the streets of Rio de Janeiro.
“The Mexican Rambo took to the streets after the arrest of ‘Ovidio Guzmán López,’ son of ‘El Chapo,'” the description said.
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