Mexican Officials Confirm El Chapo’s Son Was Kidnapped by Rival Drug Gang at Resort
Mexican officials have confirmed that imprisoned drug lord, El Chapo’s son, Jesus Alfredo Guzman was one of the 6 men kidnapped by a suspected rival gang at an upscale resort in Puerto Vallarta on Monday.
The abduction of the 29-year-old by the Jalisco New Generation gang is believed to be an avenue to settle old scores between the rival gangs.
Alejandro Hope, a Mexico City-based security analyst, noted the oddity that a group of alleged cartel members would be taken without a shot being fired.
‘It’s a bit surprising that in effect they were drug traffickers but didn’t have any security,’ Hope said.
According to witnesses at the scene, two SUVs carrying seven armed assailants burst into the La Leche restaurant on Puerto Vallarta’s main boulevard around 1am and abducted the 6 members of Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel at gunpoint.
In a news conference on Tuesday, Jalisco Attorney General, Eduardo Almaguer stated that Alfredo was among those abducted.
“At this moment, we have identified four of the kidnapped. One of them being Jesus Alfredo Guzman’.” Almaguer said.
Almaguer said the identification was made through items found in the vehicles and forensic work at the scene.
He further stated that efforts to determine the abducted men were complicated as many of them had fake identities, Daily Mail reports.
It was previously thought that Ivan Guzman, the older son, believed to have taken over his father’s multi-billion dollar narcotics empire since El Chapo’s incarceration, was the one kidnapped.
Jesus Alfredo Guzman, a son from El Chapo’s first marriage, almost led the FBI directly to his father when he tweeted a picture of them in a restaurant in Costa Rica – and forgot to turn off the locator.
The elderly Guzman has broken out of jail twice. First in 2001 when he bribed his way out and then 2015 after members of his cartel dug a mile-long tunnel which came up under his cell shower block.
His lawyers are helping him fight deportation to the US.
Though Mexico has already cleared the way for Guzman’s deportation, the appeals process could mean it takes months or even years before he is finally moved.
Following his father’s arrest in January, Ivan Guzman launched a fuming tirade at the country’s president Enrique Peña Nieto – threatening to ‘take him out’.
It is noteworthy that Ivan Guzman threatened to ‘take out’ Nieto, his Twitter followers retweeted the comment or liked it 13,000 times.
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