WATCH: Sinaloa Cartel Shows Mexican Government Who's in Charge
Amid the impeachment brouhaha blanketing the airwaves here last Thursday, a massive firefight erupted in the Mexican city of Culiacan, where soldiers arrested Ovidio Guzman, a son of jailed drug lord El Chapo.
After the Sinaloa Cartel assault left upscale neighborhoods in tatters, government forces acquiesced to cartel gunmen demanding Guzman's release.
The fighting revealed the power of Mexico's drug cartels and why continuing to secure the U.S.-Mexico border remains of the utmost importance. (Hot Air)
The battle started when a group of police stormed a house belonging to the girlfriend of Ovidio Guzman. They captured him but soon cartel members took over the streets. This video shows some of the cartel gunmen on their way to the fight (the video was taken from WhatsApp):
Those weren’t the biggest weapons that showed up:
There was a large gun battle in the streets, with cartel members burning buses and large trucks to limit the ability of authorities to call in reinforcements:
In the midst of the chaos, the cartels apparently staged a jailbreak. Here you can see some of the 50 or so escaped prisoners swarming into the street:
Desperately outnumbered and outgunned, authorities released El Chapo's son. He will not share his father's fate, yet.