Security & Strategic Review - February 2023

MEXICO: Recapturing Ovidio Guzmán López

Mexico’s security forces began 2023 in a triumphant manner. On 5 January, the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced the arrest of Ovidio Guzmán López, the son of infamous former drug kingpin Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán Loera, in Culiacán municipality, Sinaloa state. The arrest was hailed as a blow to the powerful Sinaloa drug trafficking organisation (DTO) and widely seen as a way to boost Mexico’s standing with the US just days before President Joe Biden was set to visit.

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