Mexican forces clashed with suspected organised-crime members in the hometown of cartel leader "El Chapo" Guzman, the Navy said on Saturday, they also seized 4.5 tonnes of marijuana.
The Navy stated that the clashes occurred when the armed suspects attacked on duty forces on Christmas Day in Badiraguato in Sinaloa state.
During the clashes, Mexican forces killed two suspects who attacked the Navy’s helicopter.
Also, Mexican forces seized 4.5 tonnes of marijuana that was packed and ready to be sold, along with six large weapons and arms.
Guzman, who headed the Sinaloa cartel, is responsible for smuggling huge amounts of illegal drugs into the United States and across the world. He’s one of the parties involved in the violent drug war that has plagued Mexico in recent years.
"El Chapo" escaped from a maximum security prison last July through a one-mile tunnel from the Altiplano prison and this wasn’t his first escape.
Guzman, a billionaire, was first arrested in 1993, but he managed to escape in 2001 with the help of prison guards. At the time he was put in jail to serve a 20-year sentence over murder charges and trafficking in Puente Grande, a maximum security prison in the state of Jalisco, Mexico.
However, he was recaptured in February 2014 in Mazatlan in Sinaloa state. Guzman who is on the US-Drug Enforcement Administration’s most wanted list, faces multiple federal drug trafficking indictments in the United States.