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The 1993 Guadalajara International Airport shootout occurred on 24 May 1993 when a squad of Logan Heights Gang hitmen from San Diego, California attempted to assassinate Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin Guzman Loera at the Guadalajara International Airport in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. The hitmen, hired by the Tijuana Cartel, were heavily-armed; the Mexican judicial police officer El Chino had tipped them off about Guzman's location, as El Chino had bought Guzman the plane ticket. The hitmen attempted to assassinate Guzman at the airport, but they accidentally ambushed Cardinal Juan Jesus Posadas Ocampo's white Grand Marquis sedan, killing the cardinal. The Sinaloa Cartel bodyguards fired back at the hitmen, and the hitmen were forced to flee; the Tijuana leader Ramon Arellano Felix posed as a police officer so that he could board an outgoing plane. The attack left six people dead, and it drew international attention to the growing threat of the drug cartels in Mexico. Nine members of the Logan Heights Gang would be imprisoned back in the United States for their roles in the shootout, while another one would be killed in a Mexican prison before he could testify.

The shootout occurred in the context of a war between the Sinaloa and Tijuana cartels. Amado Carrillo Fuentes planned to have Guzman killed to end the war between the cartels, with the Mexican government demanding that Carrillo fix the problem; they also sought to execute Cardinal Posadas, who was a threat to the corrupt government. Both Guzman and Arellano Felix escaped, and the government decided to blame Guzman for the shootout and arrest him.

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