Mexico’s Cartels Are Deadlier Than Ever Despite the Pandemic

2020 is set to become Mexico’s deadliest year on record. Despite hopes that the COVID-19 pandemic would slow down violent crime, it’s had the opposite effect. VICE News visited Culiacán a city of about 800,000, and the headquarters of the notorious Sinaloa Cartel.

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Gunfight rages in capital of Mexico’s Sinaloa state

An intense gunfight with heavy weapons raged in the Mexican city of Culiacán on Thursday, after security forces located one of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s sons who is wanted in the US on drug trafficking charges. (Oct. 18)

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Security forces in Culiacan, Mexico, after all-out gun battle | AFP

Images of security forces in the streets of Culiacan after the arrest of Ovidio Guzman, son of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, triggered an all-out gun battle. IMAGES

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Fierce gun battles erupt in Mexico’s Sinaloa state | AFP

Heavy gunfire rocked the Mexican city of Culiacan on Thursday in sustained clashes between Mexican security forces and drug gangs that left blazing vehicles strewn across the street and sent terrified residents running for cover. IMAGES

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Watch The Raid That Led To El Chapo’s Capture

Around 4 a.m. on February 17, 2014, DEA agents and Mexican marines launched an operation to capture Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. They had tracked El Chapo to a safe house in the city of Culiacán, and the raid began when the marines started hammering on his front door with a battering ram.

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