Drug-Related Shootout Disrupts Mexico's Guadalajara Film Festival

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Police and military forces staged a raid near the Zapopan border Friday.

GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- A drug-related shootout erupted on the streets of Guadalajara on Friday, and attendees at the city's film festival were being told to avoid the event's main venue because of military and narco blockades.

Police and military forces staged a raid to capture members of a local drug cartel known as the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion.

Details of the operation remain unclear, but Mexico's National Defense Ministry said the raid occurred in the municipality of Zapopan. The festival's main venue, the Guadalajara Expo convention center, lies on the Zapopan border, as do many of the guests' hotels.

Jalisco Gov. Emilio Gonzalez said several hours after the incident that order had been restored and blockaded streets were reopened. He added that 25 vehicles were set ablaze in retaliation for the raid and eight people were arrested.

There have been no reports of guests being affected, other than the temporary transportation problems. The Guadalajara Film Festival, Mexico's largest, wraps Saturday.