MEXICO CITY — It is an extraordinary video — a behind-the-scenes look at what happened earlier this month when Mexican security forces briefly captured one of the world's most-wanted cartel leaders.
In the clip, which was released Wednesday by Mexico's defense secretary, the Sinaloa drug cartel chief Ovidio Guzman Lopez is shown surrendering to soldiers who had trapped him in a home in the northern city of Culiacan.
Instead of putting Guzman in handcuffs and immediately taking him into custody, the soldiers waited while he made a phone call.
Outside, Sinaloa cartel fighters had seized control of much of the city, taking hostages, blocking intersections with burning vehicles and surrounding a housing complex for the families of military personnel. The soldiers, who apparently knew they had no clear way out, begged Guzman to order his men to stand down.
"Tell them to leave now!" a soldier is heard shouting at 28-year-old Guzman, who is the son of notorious drug boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
News that Mexican authorities had captured famed drug lord Joaquin Guzman — known simply as ‘El Chapo’ — sent shockwaves through the world. Guzman was captured in his home state of Sinaloa, Mexico, in the middle of the night by Mexican Marines.