In a statement released to the media on Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico denied that any U.S. agency was involved in the failed operation to capture drug trafficker Ovidio Guzman in Culiacan, Sinaloa.
"We are aware of many false reports that circulate in the media and allege involvement of the U.S. government in the Culiacan events of October 17," begins the brief statement.
The embassy added that it can "confirm that no U.S. government agency was involved in the operation.
On Wednesday morning, both Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo and President Andrés Manuel López Obrador had asserted that the DEA did not participate in the operation, but that it would was aware that it would take place.
A visit by DEA director to Sinaloa in September and the U.S. Department of Justice's request for Ovidio Guzman's extradition had prompted many to question if the U.S. was involved in the failed capture.
The DEA's involvement in the capture of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán was another antecedent that led a number of experts to believe that the U.S. agency might be behind it.
"We didn't receive orders from Washington," was López Obrador's forceful response on Thursday when he was asked if the U.S. extradition request had been the motivation for launching the operation to capture Ovidio Guzmán.
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