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International News: U.S. State Department warns against travel to Sinaloa, Mexico amidst widespread cartel violence 

Posted: Friday, January 6, 2023. 8:45 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Gun violence, road blockades, and the burning of vehicles in Sinaloa, Mexico have shaken the community, which is home to the Sinaloa cartel, one of the largest drug organizations in the world.

On Thursday, January 5, 2023, Mexican authorities reportedly detained Ovidio Guzman Lopez, the son of notorious drug kingpin, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in Sinaloa.

Since then, cartel members have responded with violence and the burning of vehicles and stores.

Local government in Sinaloa canceled classes and businesses were closed.

During the gunfire, 2 planes were also hit including 1 operated by the Mexican Air Force.

During a Press briefing on Thursday, U.S. State Department spokesman, Ned Price said that the Department is closely following the violence in Sinaloa and there is a Level 4: Do not travel alert for Americans.

“There has been reports of gunfire, roadblocks, and fires throughout the cities of Culiacán, Los Mochis, Guasave in Sinaloa, Mexico.

Our embassy in Mexico City published an alert to U.S. citizens today advising that the Sinaloan governor has called for the public to shelter in place. We have advised U.S. citizens in Sinaloa to remain alert for potential violence throughout the state, and again we reiterate our Travel Warning. Sinaloa – travel to Sinaloa – remains at travel 4. We advise – Level 4. We advise Americans not to travel to Sinaloa as a result,” Price stated.


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