Other Chapo son not arrested; he was trying to free his brother, security chief says
'A lot of incorrect versions have been disseminated about the events in Culiacán:' Alfonso Durazo
Published on Friday, October 25, 2019
Federal Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo has rejected claims that a second son of convicted drug trafficker Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was arrested and released during a security operation in Culiacán, Sinaloa, last week.
Durazo said on Thursday that Iván Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar was actually one of the instigators of the wave of attacks across Culiacán after his half-brother Ovidio Guzmán López was arrested on October 17.
Sinaloa Cartel gunmen quickly surrounded the house in which Guzmán López was arrested, outnumbering security forces and forcing the security cabinet to take the decision to free the 28-year-old suspected narco known as “El Ratón” (The Mouse).
Durazo said last week that the decision was taken “to try to avoid more violence in the area and preserve the lives of our personnel and recover calm in the city.”
A former head of international operations for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) claimed this week that Guzmán Salazar was also arrested by security forces. Mike Vigil accused the government of “distorting the truth” about what happened in Culiacán.
The New York Times, citing sources who asked not to be identified, and other media outlets also reported that the 36-year-old Guzmán Salazar, who is wanted in the United States on trafficking charges, was arrested and released.
However, at a press conference in Oaxaca, Durazo said that “Iván Archivaldo was not on the property that was brought under control by the [security] personnel who participated” in the Culiacán operation.
“He was outside and in fact, he was one of the instigators of the mobilization of several members of the criminal organization in Culiacán,” he added.
He rejected a claim that the DEA participated in the operation alongside the army, the National Guard and Federal Police although authorities have confirmed that United States authorities requested the arrest and extradition of Guzmán López.
“This government has absolutely nothing to hide. We’re going to inform . . . before deputies and senators to clear up any doubts about the issue,” Durazo said.
“. . . A lot of incorrect versions have been disseminated about the events in Culiacán. I would recommend taking the information that circulates without any filter or surety with a dose of skepticism,” he said.
The security secretary reiterated that the insecurity plaguing Mexico was inherited from past governments and criticized their strategy to combat organized crime.
“The strategy to confront organized crime [by attacking] their operational capacity and strength, as was done in the past, is wrong and if we continue it we’ll fail,” Durazo said.
“We have to combat [criminal organizations] as economic entities and confront their financial strength, that’s what gives them the capacity . . . to operate” he added.
“In that sense, we’ve arrested 1,995 people who were part of the narco financial structure in Mexico. Moreover, bank accounts with 5.16 billion pesos and US $47 million have been frozen and this process will continue until the criminal groups are weakened.”
President López Obrador said Friday morning that a report on the investigation will be made public next Tuesday or Wednesday. He promised a report that would be “exhaustive, completely transparent and truthful.”
Re: Other Chapo son (Ivan) not arrested; he was trying to free his brother, security chief says
People, remember that Ovidio wasn't the first major capo caught and released by the head of the Mexican gov't. Calderon released El Mencho. El Mencho used the same tactics, as CDS, Sicario 006, etc. used in Culiacan. Story as follows;
This was the time they captured "El Mencho" and the authorities let him go:
On August 25, 2012, under the Government of Felipe Calderón, authorities released "El Mencho", leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel
"Who forgets his history is doomed to repeat it" says a popular phrase of the Spanish poet and philosopher Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz, and since Thursday the people of Mexico have been divided.
Some strongly condemn the capture and release of Ovidio Guzmán, son of El Chapo Guzmán, but hardly anyone remembers that one the man who is currently the most dangerous and wanted by the US and Mexico was in the hands of the sailors
The leader of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG), Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, aka El Mencho, was apprehended in August 2012 by the Secretary of the Navy and under the mandate of Felipe Calderón.
Two hours later, according to journalistic versions, by orders of the governor in turn, Emilio González Márquez, of the National Action Party (PAN) released El Mencho.
On August 25, 2012, some authorities reported on the arrest of one person, who was apparently the criminal leader of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG), for which alleged hitmen made narcoblocks at different points of the Jalisco roads.
That narcoblocking lasted 24 hours, where the members of the CJNG made 28 blocks, as confirmed by reports from the Ministry of Public Security.
At about 3:10 the first blockade began with the fire of a tank truck on the Guadalajara-Chapala road.
In addition, narcoblocks were registered on the Jamay-La Barca road, almost one kilometer from the 92nd Infantry Battalion of the Mexican Army.
And so on, blockages appeared on the roads, roads and highways of the state of Jalisco.
That day the media reported that the narcoblocks would have been the response to the arrest of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, El Mencho, appointed as leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.
They hid the capture.
It should be noted that at first, the first versions talked about that El Mencho had been arrested, although the authorities went out to say that it was a mistake.
However, rumors that it was "a network of protection of local authorities" were reported by national and international press.
Years later, in an investigation of a national media, it would be known that the arrest of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes did occur.
At present, El Mencho is the leader of the most violent and most powerful criminal organization in Mexico; This is considered by the DEA and the Mexican Government.
Bs, but then again it was expected of them to deny him being captured. Everyone in culiacan knows it.
This being denied benefits both the gov’t and cds.
“However, at a press conference in Oaxaca, Durazo said that “Iván Archivaldo was not on the property that was brought under control by the [security] personnel who participated” in the Culiacán operation.
“He was outside and in fact, he was one of the instigators of the mobilization of several members of the criminal organization in Culiacán,” he added”
No shit. He was under arrest at the procuraduria
Where the most intense shootouts took place and where most cds gunmen concentrated around not to mention where it started.
He definitely did mobilize the response for his brother though no doubt.