Ovidio Guzman Lopez Los Chapitos Cualiacanazo Sedena (Illustration: Infobae/Jesus Avilés)
A month has passed since Jesús María, a town just over 45 kilometers from Culiacán, Sinaloa, woke up as a territory at war due to the operation of the Armed Forces to capture Ovidio Guzmán López, “El Ratón”.
Three people were arrested in an alleged drug store of “Los Chapitos”
Due to the fact that there were several doses of drugs, the presence of elements of the Sedena was requested, while the entity’s prosecutor’s office initiated an investigation folder
Although the exchange of bullets ceased as the hours passed, the community was left full of traces of the combat that early morning. For this reason, the son of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán sent a short but forceful message from the Altiplano maximum security prison in Almoloya de Juárez, State of Mexico.
“Sorry”, was the message that “El Ratón” sent to the people of the “ranch”, as he refers to Jesús María, for the damage and terror caused during and after the confrontations between Los Chapitos hitmen and the agents of security.
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The hearing for the son of Chapo Guzmán was scheduled for 11:00 a.m. the day after his arrest, but it took him hours to show up for “security reasons”
As reported by Milenio, it was relatives of Ovidio Guzmán who were in charge of spreading the message of apology and asking the inhabitants to spread the word, since the anguish has not given them respite.
Soldiers guard the entrance of a house after the arrest of Ovidio Guzmán. (Reuters/Stringer)
Although there is no specific information on who directly received the “Mouse” parcel or who circulated it in the community, it should be remembered that relatives like his mother, Griselda López Pérez, have maintained a close relationship with the residents. Her mother, according to unofficial reports, was the one who covered the funeral expenses of the members of Los Chapitos killed during the affronts.
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In addition, the Army reported the arrest of a person and the seizure of a vehicle as a result of intelligence work following a drug transfer.
According to testimonies collected by the aforementioned media, one of the biggest discontents among the people who live in Jesús María is the apparent absence of the support that the government had offered after the “second Culiacanazo.”
“Right now it rained more inside than outside because the entire sheet was pierced… I have not received any support from anyone, much less from the government,” commented a woman identified as Greisy Carrillo, according to what was reported by journalist José Antonio Belmont.
“It’s easier for Ovidio to come back and help us than for the government to help us, to cover my damages, because I don’t think the government will come to cover them,” said a resident named Mireyda Ramírez, whom they know in Jesús María with the nickname of “La China”.
Although the Mexican government assured the presence of the military to support the population, testimonies have accused the absence of these actions. (Darkroom)
According to official reports, during the days and weeks following “Black Thursday” in 2023, the Mexican government deployed around 1,800 soldiers from the Ministry of National Defense (Sedena), as well as National Guard uniforms, to reinforce security. and carry out social work activities in Culiacán.
In an information cut on January 19, 14 days after the capture of Ovidio Guzmán, the Sedena detailed that hundreds of inhabitants had benefited from medical and dental consultations, as well as the distribution of food and water rations.
“Every night I dream the same thing: the bullets, the guachos (military), the bursts and that helicopter. My children are more traumatized, they don’t even want to go to school, just a week ago they started going because they don’t want to leave here”, was another of the testimonies of “La China” quoted by Milenio.
Violent combat between hit men and federal agents claimed the lives of 29 people. (ALMA FONSECA/DARKROOM)
The distribution of military agents is divided into three main cells in the territory where “El Ratón” was detained:
– Health: made up of doctors, paramedics and dentists.
– Maintenance: made up of carpenters, blacksmiths, bricklayers, plumbers, painters, hairdressers, appliance repairmen and other technical specialists.
– Administration: made up of officers and troop personnel of this service to provide food to the inhabitants.
Despite these actions, the statements of those who live in Jesús María, as well as local press reports, have revealed that the streets, far from being occupied by people, are still covered with the bullets that remained as evidence of that bloody battle.
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