Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar, son of Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán Loera, was one of ten men kidnapped from a Puerto Vallarta restaurant Monday
La entrada del restaurante La Leche permanece cerrada después de que un grupo de hombres armados secuestrara, según las autoridades, a entre 10 y 12 personas que comían en el lugar en Puerto Vallarta, estado de Jalisco, México, el lunes 15 de agosto de 2016. El fiscal general de Jalisco, Eduardo Almaguer, dijo en conferencia de prensa que de acuerdo con los resultados preliminares de la investigación, todos los implicados _secuestradores y secuestrados_ eran integrantes de organizaciones delictivas. (AP Foto/David Díaz), photo: AP/David Díaz
16 of August 2016 16:39:46
MEXICO CITY — One of the sons of imprisoned drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera is among the half-dozen men abducted by gunmen at a restaurant in the Mexican beach resort of Puerto Vallarta, authorities said Tuesday.
Iván Archivaldo was, I believe, a bit crazy. He spent all his time posting things on Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter. A serious narco doesn't do that."Raúl Benítez, professor of political science at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)Almaguer said officials have determined the kidnappers belonged to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), the dominant criminal group in the state. The victims are all believed to be the rival Sinaloa cartel headed by Guzmán in the neighboring state of Sinaloa.Experts have said Iván Archivaldo assumed control of parts of the cartel's drug operations after his father was re-arrested in January.The U.S. Treasury Department designated both brothers in 2012 under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act as assisting their father in drug trafficking. Jesús Alfredo, along with his father and other Sinaloa cartel leaders, were indicted in federal court in Chicago in 2009 on drug trafficking charges.After reviewing security camera footage, Almaguer said that besides the restaurant's staff, there were nine women and seven men dining together when the gunmen burst in early Monday."The subjects enter, control the diners, separate the women to a side and violently take them (the men)," he said in an interview with a news agency prior to the news conference. "They resisted; however, these criminals who arrived did it with a certain violence with long guns."Almaguer said one of the men managed to escape. He said authorities also had not located any of the women who were left behind.Officials earlier estimated that 10 to 12 had been kidnapped, based on the confused nature of evidence at the crime scene. Investigators took fingerprints from the scene, viewed security video and checked identifications related to five vehicles — some luxury models — left behind by the victims at the restaurant."We have not received a single report from anyone to help locate these people who were (kidnapped)," Almaguer said at the news conference. He said authorities had also not heard of anyone demanding a ransom.He would not repeat the name of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, but in response to a reporter's question, he said authorities had confirmed that group was responsible for the abductions.The Jalisco cartel has grown quickly to rival Guzmán's Sinaloa cartel as the most powerful of Mexico's drug gangs.Experts said before the news conference that Iván Archivaldo Guzmán had reportedly been running roughshod over allies in his father's business. They said he had the reputation of a braggart, showing off expensive liquor, clothes, guns and cars on social media, something that could have angered more traditional traffickers who keep a lower profile."Iván Archivaldo was, I believe, a bit crazy," said Raúl Benítez, a security specialist who teaches political science at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). "He spent all his time posting things on Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter. A serious narco doesn't do that."Benítez added: "He was a 'junior'" — a term Mexicans use to describe privileged youths. "He didn't have the ability to run the cartel."Experts said the kidnapping could be the latest in a string of attacks against Guzmán's family, perhaps suggesting the drug lord has lost control of his cartel. He purportedly ran affairs from prison until his second escape in 2015, but since being recaptured had been kept under stricter security measures.In June, local media reported that an armed gang broke into the home of Guzmán's mother in Sinaloa and taken vehicles and other goods."There is a war right now for control of the Sinaloa cartel and a central theme in that war is the issue of attacks on his family," Benítez said. "People have information about the family's movements and they want to destroy the family."