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Attack on El Chapo’s hometown may have been ordered by son of rival drug lord

June 21, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Attack on El Chapo’s hometown may have been ordered by son of rival drug lord

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Residents in the northwestern Sinaloa state of Mexico have given numerous eyewitness accounts reinforcing reports of an attack by a group of cartel gunmen on the tiny mountainous villages, which includes the hometown of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo Guzman.

As JammedUp previously reported, dozens of armed men dressed in black attacked the town of La Tuna and its surrounding villages in the municipality of Badiraguato, the birthplace of Guzman. The town is located in the heart of the Golden Triangle, a territory controlled by the Sinaloa Cartel encompassing the neighboring states of Chihuahua and Durano.

Although reports of the brazen attack remain unconfirmed and details remain sketchy, scores of village inhabitants told Mexican media outlets about the outbreak of violence that had occurred on Saturday, June 11th.

Up to 150 cartel gunmen reportedly killed eight people in the attack and forcibly ransacked the home of Consuelo Loera, El Chapo’s 86-year-old mother.

The assault on the hacienda in the town of La Tuna where El Chapo’s mother resides reportedly lasted just a few minutes. Witnesses told Culiacan-based newspaper Rio Doce, perpetrators then set fire to surrounding houses and conducted similar attacks on the nearby villages of Arroyo Seco and San José del Barranco, while also looting and robbing vehicles from town residents.

According to Proceso, Consuelo Loera and another woman managed to flee to Mexico City on board a plane that took off from one of the numerous clandestine airstrips constructed in the region by the Sinaloa Cartel.

Residents who gave eyewitness accounts of the violence pointed to members of the Beltran-Leyva Organization (BLO) acting on the direct orders of a up-and-coming drug trafficker named Meza Flores Isidro “El Chapito,” a top leader of the Beltran-Leyva Organization.

The Mexican newspaper Proceso also cited sources who said they had information suggesting that Isidro sent the gunmen to the town to kill one of El Chapo’s brothers at the request of the 24-year-old Alfredo Beltran Guzman. He is the eldest son of Mexican drug lord Alfredo Beltran Leyva also known as “El Mochomo,” who recently pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in the Federal Court for the District of Columbia.

One town resident who spoke to Vice News on the condition of anonymity out of concerns for his safety said there was a sense that the mountainous region was on the verge of a major turf war.

“It’s very tense in the mountains, very dangerous, there’s violence in the hamlets out there, and we’re scared that it may come to the main town soon. People have fled the area; we’ve seen them here in our town,” said a resident of Badiraguato.

The resident said that the mountains had been “heating up” for at least two to three weeks.

“I’ve heard of the killings of seven people since the beginning of this month,” he said. “There are large groups of armed men roaming the mountains. They’re looking for specific targets. They’re telling people to leave their communities so that no innocents are killed.”

Mexican law enforcement sources and journalists in Sinaloa agree that the assault on the towns, specifically at the home of El Chapo’s mother, is an explicit declaration of war.

“A direct attack against the family of Guzmán is without precedent, it could be the sign that old accounts will be settled,” said Javier Valdez Cárdenas, a reporter from with Rio Doce who first reported the violence.

The violence has led to the displacement of hundreds of families who fled the area for the state capital of Culiacan.

Alfredo Beltran Leyva and his three brothers first founded the BLO, which at one time operated as a faction of the Sinaloa Federation allied to El Chapo.

However, the two groups split and became embroiled in a violent turf war after the arrest of Alfredo Beltrán Leyva in 2008. Many attributed El Chapo as the source who provided the military information that helped lead to the capture of Beltran-Leyva.

In recent years, the BLO had been weakened by fragmentation and with the arrest of Hector Beltran Leyva in 2014. However, the faction led by Isidro had maintained a tight grip on territories in Sinaloa and Baja California.

According to law enforcement officials, the children of the Beltran Leyva had not assumed a significant role within the organization, until this recent emergence of Alfredo Beltran Guzman.

Guzman currently sits in a Ciudad Juarez prison awaiting extradition to the U.S. where faces indictments for murder and drug trafficking charges in several jurisdictions.

Security experts have suggested the arrest of El Chapo would embolden rivals to take advantage of his absence, igniting conflict and turf wars.

If reports are confirmed, the brazen attack could finally signal the unraveling of El Chapo’s Guzman’s once-legendary grip on power.

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