One of El Chapo’s sons was kidnapped at gunpoint along with five other men while he was partying at a Mexican resort. The imprisoned kingpin’s son’s kidnapping was a bold move by the abductors and may signal a rivalry between the Mexican drug cartels.
NPR was the first to confirm that Jesus Alfredo Guzmán, son of El Chapo Guzmán, was one of the six men abducted from a restaurant in the resort town of Puerto Vallarta.
“Jalisco state’s attorney general confirmed that 29-year-old Jesus Alfredo Guzmán, a son of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán, was one of six men abducted by armed assailants in Puerto Vallarta.”
It has not been confirmed whether El Chapo’s other son, Iván, was kidnapped as well.
According to reports, the kidnappers were members of the New Jalisco Generation cartel. This cartel is one of the more dominant organized crime gangs in Mexico.
The Associated Press reported the abduction attack was carried out by seven heavily armed men from the New Jalisco Generation cartel. AP interviewed Jalisco State Attorney General Eduardo Almaguer, who had also stated that authorities had still not received any missing persons complaints at that point.
During the interview, Almaguer described the events of the abduction to the AP reporter.
“The subjects enter, control the diners, separate the women to a side and violently take them. They resisted; however, these criminals who arrived did it with a certain violence with long guns.”
Authorities have not received a ransom demand or any tips about where the kidnapped men, including El Chapito, have been taken.
El Chapo’s 29-year-old son, Jesus Alfredo Guzmán, was kidnapped shortly before 1 a.m. on Monday. The son of the jailed drug lord had been enjoying himself with friends at a trendy Mexican beach resort.
The kidnapping signifies yet another blow to El Chapo’s efforts from behind prison bars to maintain the Sinaloa cartel’s dominance in the region. Emerging rival, Jalisco New Generation Cartel, is determined to take Sinaloa down.
Kidnapped son, Jesus Alfredo, and his brother, Iván Archivaldo Guzmán, are supposedly involved with their father’s cartel. El Chapo’s other son by another woman, Ovidio Guzmán Lopez, is allegedly involved with the Sinaloa cartel as well.
Witnesses who saw the abduction attack take place reported five vehicles parked outside of La Leche and confirmed the identification of Jesus Alfredo.
Some of the other men who were abducted have been identified as Juan Daniel Calva Tapia, 53, Josias Nahujali Rabago Borbolla, 35, and Victor Galvan Urena, 46.
Despite the lack of an official missing persons report, the Mexican army, marines, federal police, and Mexico’s top prosecution office are searching for El Chapo’s son and the rest of the missing men, as well as the abductors.
The Jalisco New Generation has been recently tied to the Beltrán Leyvas family cartel, which has had many feuds with El Chapo and the Sinaloa cartel. El Chapo allegedly led authorities to Alfredo Beltrán Leyva’s safehouse. The Beltrán Leyvas cartel retaliated by killing El Chapo’s son, Édgar, in 2008.
The Beltrán Leyvas cartel lost the ensuing drug war against El Chapo and his cartel, but they have regained some strength by forming an alliance with the Jalisco New Generation cartel.
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Jesus, who was abducted, is the youngest of El Chapo’s two children from his first marriage. Guzmán’s oldest son, Iván Archivaldo Guzmán, was imprisoned in Mexico in 2005, but he was later released based on lack of evidence after just three years.
El Chapo remains behind bars in Juarez, Mexico as his attorneys fight efforts to extradite him to the United States.
El Chapo has already seemingly chosen his predecessor as Iván has been predicted to take over the Sinaloa cartel for his father in the coming years. He has been described as a ruthless operator, but he is also thought to lack the discipline to run the cartel. Mexican authorities fear this may lead to an all-out war for control of the drug trade.
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