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Authorities confirm the possibility the son of El Chapo may have been abducted in Puerto Vallarta

August 15, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Authorities confirm the possibility the son of El Chapo may have been abducted in Puerto Vallarta

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Authorities in Mexico have conceded the ‘possibility’ that family members of Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman may have been among individuals kidnapped at a known restaurant in the resort city of Puerto Vallarta;officials have reported.

In a statement, law enforcement officials in the western state of Jalisco confirmed that five well-armed men approached an establishment in SUVs and attacked the  La Leche restaurant, which is next to the Friendly Vallarta Beach Resort and Spa, at around 1 a.m.

At a press conference, Eduardo Almaguer, Jalisco Attorney General, said that 6 or 7 individuals were abducted. Correcting initial reports that there had been between 10 and 12 abductees. He added that both the gunmen and their victims appeared to have involvement in organized crime groups.

He noted that some of those taken were vacationing from the neighboring states of Sinaloa and Nayarit but were not foreign travelers and had initially denied reports that among the victims in Puerto Vallarta included Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s relatives.

“They were not tourists or residents who work in legal activities,” Almaguer said. “They were people tied to a criminal group we can very clearly presume.”

“Obviously, the kidnappers— we assume with the information we have gathered — also belong to a criminal group that acted against members of another criminal organization, located here in Puerto Vallarta,” Almaguer said.

However, in a later interview with Ciro Gomez Leyva on Radio Formula, Almaguer contradicted his statements and conceded ‘it is presumed’ but not yet confirmed that Ivan Guzman, the son of El Chapo might have been among those abducted, El Universal reported.

“After reviewing evidence including video surveillance, it is possible that Ivan Guzman, the son of El Chapo may have been among the hostages taken,” the Attorney General said.

Almaguer further revealed that authorities believe that 6 or 7 of the abducted victims, all of whom had false identities, were purported members of the Sinaloa Cartel.

Investigators have been fingerprints at the scene, viewing video images and checking the license plates on several luxury models – left behind by the victims at the restaurant.

As JammedUp previously reported, since the arrest of El Chapo, Ivan Guzman is reported to have assumed control of his father’s drug trafficking operation and has been running roughshod over allies including fellow capo Damaso Lopez Nunez, who heads a rival faction within the Sinaloa Cartel.

The Jalisco state is the home-turf of the ultra-violent New Generation drug cartel that has rapidly expanded in recent years and is challenging for territories controlled by the Sinaloa cartel led by ‘Chapo’ Guzman.

Aristoteles Sandoval, the governor of the state, posted a Tweet that said he had increased security and protection in the famous tourist city.

He also noted that a search is ongoing to locate and rescue those who were kidnaped with the cooperation of federal authorities.

The U.S. State Department issued a warning for travelers in Mexico that was updated in April and urges American citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to rural and border areas of Jalisco but does not discuss the possible dangers present in Puerto Vallarta.

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