Mexico intends to comply with a U.S. warrant for the arrest and extradition of Ovidio Guzmán López, a son of convicted drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) said Monday, Oct. 21.
Asked whether Mexican authorities are still determined to capture the younger Guzmán, a member of the world’s largest drug-trafficking organization Sinaloa Cartel, after failing to detain him last week, López Obrador said: “Of course … as long as the population is not put in danger.”
In a failed attempt to arrest the younger Guzmán on Thursday, Oct. 17, Mexico’s military was forced to release him after capturing him in the northwestern city of Culiacán because cartel members responded by rampaging through the streets, firing military-grade weapons.
Eight people were killed and 16 were injured in the operation, which was called off to save civilian and military lives, AMLO said.
The United States issued an extradition request for the younger Guzman, 29, in 2018.
Lopez Obrador said his administration will continue to combat crime by alleviating poverty, creating jobs and promoting education.
El Chapo, the former head of Sinaloa Cartel, is serving a life sentence at a U.S. prison.