October 20, 2019 By Silvio Canto, Jr.
For some time, I've been hearing about the cartels' firepower. It makes sense because they have millions of dollars and there are many high-powered rifles on the black market.
We saw it in the last 72 hours in Sinaloa, a Pacific coast state about 880 miles southwest of Dallas, Texas.
This is from news reports:
After being captured by Mexican forces, the Sinaloa cartel managed to wrest El Chappo's [sic] son free from government control with a stunning show of force complete with machine guns and rocket launchers.
Given that they were surrounded, the violence was continuing to rise, and there were hostages, the government surrendered and let Guzmán go.............My view is that the government made a mistake. Officials were probably caught by surprise or without sufficient forces to fight the well armed cartels.
Nevertheless, it was horrible to hear cartels claiming a military victory against the Mexican army.
What does President López-Obrador do? I hope he unleashes lots of force and deals a major loss to the cartels, perhaps even capturing El Chapo's son again. If not, we will see more policemen ambushed and trucks set on fire.
The cartels crossed a line in Sinaloa. Mexico must respond...........
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