The most wanted man in the world, Mexican drug lord El Chapo, has been captured by Mexican authorities and returned to the same prison where he performed a daring escape. However, not everyone is happy about the arrest or the alleged deportation of the drug kingpin to the United States for trial. El Chapo’s two sons, Alfredo Guzman and Iván Archivaldo Guzman, say that the Mexican government has gotten itself into a mess and doesn’t even know it. Meanwhile, the pair seemed to indicate that in El Chapo’s absence, son Iván Guzman will control the drug cartel.
The Daily Mail reports that El Chapo, born Joaquin Guzmán Loera, may be behind bars, but that doesn’t mean his drug cartel is going anywhere. In fact, the drug lord’s son Ivan appears to be taking the lead while his father is away. El Chapo’s sons took to Twitter briefly to threaten Mexican authorities and to make it clear that the cartel would continue its work in the country.
El Chapo’s sons have tweeted threats aimed at the Mexican government, and they sound like they mean business… https://t.co/pALdNPXdRU
— TheLADbible (@TheLadBible) January 10, 2016
Alfredo Guzman and Iván Archivaldo Guzman took to Twitter following Mexico president Enrique Pena Nieto’s announcement that El Chapo had been captured and was being detained by authorities.
“Mission accomplished: we have him. I want to inform the Mexican Joaquín Guzmán Loera has been arrested.”
Misión cumplida: lo tenemos. Quiero informar a los mexicanos que Joaquín Guzmán Loera ha sido detenido.
— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) January 8, 2016
Following the announcement, a Twitter user claiming to be Ivan posted a message to the president that included an obscenity about his mother followed with a threat.
“You don’t know what you’ve done or the mess you got yourselves into.”
El Chapo’s sons reportedly threaten the Mexican government on Twitter https://t.co/mAjf4cy8lW
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) January 10, 2016
However, that was only the beginning. Ivan’s brother Alfredo reemerged on the social media website to take up for his father and to demand “fairness” by officials.
“I can be a saint if you’re dealing fairly with me, but otherwise I’m poison and the Government will soon know about the Guzmans.”
Alfredo also indicated that, while his father was away, his brother Ivan would be at the helm of the drug dynasty. He says that his dad explained to the boys that if he was absent, respect would be given to Ivan in his place.
“As my dad says, if I’m not around, [Ivan Archivaldo Guzman] will be there to be respected so as long as there’s life there’s hope, dudes.”
Threats hurled at Mexican government in tweets linked to El Chapo’s sons https://t.co/MMCV5LCrbG
— AugustTeh (@RichTeh) January 11, 2016
After posting the threatening messages, the accounts seem to have been deleted. However, screenshots of the messages were taken by numerous media outlets before they were removed. In the past, the brothers have been vocal about El Chapo and never seemed to shy away from flaunting their lavish lifestyles. From posting images of exotic vacations to expensive cars and beautiful women, the boys relish the lifestyle afforded by their father’s drug trade. Therefore, there is no reason to believe that either of the Guzman brothers will allow the drug cartel to falter in their father’s absence.
Meanwhile, people have criticized the Mexican government’s choice to send El Chapo back to the same prison from which he escaped last year. However, unlike the last time El Chapo was taken into custody, the Mexican government has claimed they will extradite the drug lord to the United States for trial.
What do you think about the El Chapo sons’ brazen threats on Twitter?
[Image via AP/ Rebecca Blackwell]