Unless you have been away from the news today you must know that the head of the Sinaloa Cartel, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was taken into custody today in a joint Mexico/US effort. He was apprehended in a condominium in the middle of the malecón, about halfway between Centro and the Golden Zone. I went for a walk this morning after being woken by a few loud helicopters, but on the malecón the triathalon that was being held was the only thing breaking the quiet. I turned around before I got to the Miramar condominiums, but by then Guzman was long gone anyway.
Mazatlán’s annual Carnaval event is set to start next Thursday, and I hope this incident makes people feel more confident rather than less about security in Mazatlán. I mean, really – they took the head of the Sinaloa cartel into custody without incident, to me that is great news.
I hope that friends don’t tell me to “stay safe” – to me my city is safer now than ever. I feel excited about the upcoming Carnaval festivities and look forward to enjoying all the fun this city has to offer. We spent the day today enjoying the beach at Stone Island and as far as I could tell it was business as usual everywhere.
The video above is from our local paper, Noroeste, and it is in Spanish.