FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show The Violent Aftermath Of Ovidio Guzman’s Arrest?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on Twitter purportedly shows machine gun fire from a helicopter in Mexico in response to the arrest of Ovidio Guzman Lopez.

Verdict: False

While helicopters were used during the operation, the footage pre-dates the arrest of Guzman.

Fact Check:

The day Guzman Lopez was arrested, the Culiacan airport was shut down and residents were urged to stay indoors, CBC reported. Meanwhile. President Joe Biden recently visited the Southern border and met with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to discuss a variety of issues including stopping the import of fentanyl in the U.S., USA Today reported.

The video, viewed over 36,000 times, is of heavy fire from a helicopter mounted machine gun. The video opens in a helicopter flying before it shoots down below. “El Chapo son was arrested and the cartel getting busy to get him out they custody,” the post reads.

The post is inaccurate. There is no credible news report that suggests this footage is linked to the violent aftermath of Guzman’s arrests. The video predates the event of Ovidio Guzman’s arrest. The video dates back to at least 2021, when it was posted on Facebook. The caption makes no reference to the operation or Guzman Lopez.

Although the video’s caption is incorrect, there are legitimate reports of violence happening in Northwestern city of Culiacan, near where the arrest took place. CBC News has reported that, “10 military personnel and 19 suspected members of the Sinaloa drug cartel have been killed.” (RELATED: Does This Video Show A Gunfight In Mexico In Relation To The Arrest Of Ovidio Guzman Lopez?)

Thee Mexican Army reportedly called in Blackhawk helicopter gunships to attack a 25-car convoy that included gun platforms mounted onto the back of trucks, The South China Morning Post reported. Guzman Lopez was also reportedly taken into custody and airlifted via helicopter, Spain0based media outlet El Pais reported.

This is not the first time misinformation has been promoted as true on social media. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim George Washington University hospital stopped accepting patients due to a “possible Ebola outbreak.”

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter