USA Today reports alleged cartel members have blocked off an airport and its surrounding areas in proximity to an army base. The group has also limited access to Culiacan, a city in Mexico, in protest of the drug trafficker’s capture on Thursday (Jan. 5). Guzman was wanted by the United States for his participation in the cartel’s illicit activities, specifically the production of fentanyl which killed over 71,000 Americans in 2021.
The sudden forceful effort led to gunfights across the state’s capital, which is far from opportune as they are preparing for a two-day meetup between President Biden and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, plus the North American Leaders’ Summit with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The leaders will reportedly be discussing drug trafficking and migration.
Chaos within Mexico after the arrest of cartel leaders is not new, but detrimental to the country as a whole. Suspected cartel members reportedly carjacked residents, set vehicles on fire, and fired weapons aimlessly.
Airline Aeromexico shared a statement that detailed how an airplane was hit by a stray bullet on Thursday (Jan. 5). Footage surfaced online of airplane passengers kneeling on the floor to avoid the danger. No passengers were injured.
Mexican authorities urged the country’s residents to remain in their homes and multiple Sinaloa airports remain shut down for the time being.