Mexico to comply with arrest, extradition of Ovidio Guzman: president

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-22 13:09:15|Editor: Xiaoxia
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MEXICO CITY, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- Mexico aims to comply with a warrant for the arrest and extradition of Ovidio Guzman Lopez, a son of convicted drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Monday.

Asked whether Mexican authorities are still determined to capture the younger Guzman, a member of the world's largest drug-trafficking organization Sinaloa Cartel, after failing to detain him last week, Lopez Obrador said: "of course ... as long as the population is not put in danger."

In Thursday's failed attempt, Mexico's military was forced to release the younger Guzman after capturing him in the northwestern city of Culiacan 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, said the president.

The United States issued an extradition request for the younger Guzman, 29, in 2018, according to the government.

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.