Revealed: Not One But Three Of El Chapo Guzman’s Sons Were Kidnapped And Almost Killed, What Happened

Elizabeth Gail

Joaquin El Chapo Guzman has had to go through a lot this year, from his recapture to the torture complaints in prison, and just recently, the kidnapping of his son Jesus Alfredo Guzman. According to the widely circulated report by the press, he and five other men from the Sinaloa cartel were kidnapped on August 15 while at a restaurant in Puerto Vallarta. The armed men were said to be from the Jalisco New Generation Cartel. The following was what happened, according to CNN.

"Early on August 15, the seven men stormed into a trendy restaurant on the main drag of Puerto Vallarta, a Mexican beach resort. They interrupted a group of revelers in the white-walled restaurant, separating the men from the women, and left with a high-value captive, according to Mexican authorities.

El Chapo Guzman's son Alfredo was said to have been released about a week later. That said, an investigation carried out by Riodoce indicates that the supposedly 'official' version of events was not entirely accurate. Starting with the kidnapped men, the widely circulated version indicates that only one of El Chapo Guzman's sons Jesus Alfredo Guzman was kidnapped.

But according to a new report, three of his sons Ivan Archivaldo, Caesar and Alfredo were among them. According to Borderland Beat, the brothers were celebrating Ivan Guzman's birthday at the La Leche restaurant when the men stormed in. Apparently, they only brought one bodyguard who was easily overcome by the CJNG gunmen. The following is an excerpt from Borderland Beat detailing this.

"[El Chapo Guzman's sons] did have a bodyguard with them, but he was easily overcome by the sicarios.

Inside, close to 16 sicarios took control of the Guzman's, but the group of attackers was in total some 50 armed men. Another of the Guzman brothers, Ovidio, was not at the party, but he was in Puerto Vallarta, and he had opted to stay at the Marriott hotel where all of the brothers had been staying. The reunion at La Leche was for the birthday of Ivan Archivaldo, on the 15th of August, and he had arranged for friends and family to attend, some 16 in number."

Inside, close to 16 sicarios took control of the Guzman's, but the group of attackers was in total some 50 armed men. Another of the Guzman brothers, Ovidio, was not at the party, but he was in Puerto Vallarta, and he had opted to stay at the Marriott hotel where all of the brothers had been staying. The reunion at La Leche was for the birthday of Ivan Archivaldo, on the 15th of August, and he had arranged for friends and family to attend, some 16 in number."

Negotiations between El Mayo and Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes aka El Mencho, the CJNG leader, are said to have taken place, but stalled after the latter refused to release El Chapo's sons. On why El Mencho chose to kidnap Guzman's sons, it has been rumored that he wanted to end a stalemate between the two cartels in hotly contested drug trafficking corridors to the United States and so wanted to use them as a bargaining chip. According to the New York Post, Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana regions were some of the areas of contention.

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