More than 100 missing from Mexican town as El Chapo’s son captured in heavy fighting: reports

Residents of the Mexican town where mob boss Ovidio Guzman, son of notorious drug lord El Chapo, was arrested last week say more than 100 people have disappeared from the town since the arrest.

Residents of Jesús María, Mexico’s Sinaloa state, protested in front of a government palace on Monday, claiming that 140 people have disappeared since Guzmán was captured in a violent and deadly clash between Mexican government forces and the Sinaloa drug cartel. Mexico News Daily reported.

In Culiacán, the state capital, 200 protesters in trucks waved banners and chanted accusing the Mexican army of human rights abuses and demanded answers about the military presence in their town over the several days since Guzmán’s capture on January 5.

A clash between cartel members and Mexican soldiers left at least 10 military personnel and 19 members of the Sinaloa drug cartel dead last week in a street fight involving military convoys equipped with . 50 caliber machine guns, Black Hawk helicopters, and cartel members attempting to . Kidnapping local nurses to tend to their wounded.

Sinaloa, Mexico, is mired in violence after the arrest of El Chapo’s son, ahead of Biden’s visit to the country

A truck burns on a street in Culiacán, Sinaloa state, Thursday, January 5, 2023. Ovidio Guzmán, an alleged drug trafficker wanted by the United States and one of the sons of former Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, was arrested by Mexican security forces in a pre-dawn operation Thursday Gunfights and roadblocks erupted across the western state capital.
(AP Photo/Martin Urista)

Government officials say no civilians were killed during the clash, but local residents say dozens of people are missing, mostly young men and women between the ages of 12 and 35.

“The government should tell the truth about what the town of Jesús María experienced”, while another said: “Children are afraid to see soldiers; we don’t want soldiers in town.”

Mexican authorities announce the killing of 10 soldiers and 19 cartel members in a raid to arrest the son of El Chapo.

El Chapo's son was arrested during a raid Thursday morning

El Chapo’s son was arrested during a raid Thursday morning
(AP Photo)

Cristóbal Castañeda, Secretary of Public Security for Sinaloa, confirmed reports of missing persons but did not know the exact number.

“We don’t really have a number of people who haven’t been located,” Castaneda said. “They are waiting for complaints to be generated; we need to know who we are looking for… We know that Semefo [Forensic Medical Service] The bodies of those who have been identified have been handed over.”

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Police arrived on the scene after a store was looted in Culiacán, Sinaloa State, Thursday, January 5, 2023. Mexican security forces have arrested Ovidio Guzmán, an alleged drug dealer wanted by the United States and one of the sons of former Sinaloa Cartel boss Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, in a pre-dawn operation Thursday, gun battles and roadblocks broke out across the western state capital.

Police arrived on the scene after a store was looted in Culiacán, Sinaloa State, Thursday, January 5, 2023. Mexican security forces arrested Ovidio Guzmán, an alleged drug trafficker wanted by the United States and one of the sons of former Sinaloa Cartel boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, in an operation before Dawn Thursday led to gunfights and roadblocks across the Western state capital.
(AP Photo/Martin Urista)

Residents of Jesús María also expressed their outrage that the town’s electricity, water supply and communication systems were cut off by the military before and during the attack. In addition, the residents said they were not satisfied with the army’s continued occupation of their town days after the raid ended.

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