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Sinaloa Cartel held son of rival cartel boss captive after kidnapping sons of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman: Report

September 1, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Sinaloa Cartel held son of rival cartel boss captive after kidnapping sons of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman: Report

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Details continue to emerge regarding the high-level hostage negotiations between top bosses of Mexico’s most powerful criminal organizations following the brazen kidnapping of the children of Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, the jailed leader of the Sinaloa cartel.

Armed members purportedly with the New Generation Cartel (CJNG) raided the La Leche restaurant in the resort town of Puerta Vallarta, Jalisco, on August 15th, taking six men hostage at gunpoint, among them included Alfredo Guzman Salazar and his brother Ivan Archivaldo Guzman Salazar, the sons of ‘El Chapo.’

As JammedUp News previously reported, Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada, head of the Sinaloa Cartel and longtime partner of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, negotiated the release of the Guzman children. The negotiations involved the top leaders of the ruthless Jalisco New Generation Drug Cartel (CJNG), led by Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, otherwise known as ‘El Mencho.’

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Gunmen abducted the sons of Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman from a restaurant in Puerta Vallarta back on August 15th.

High-level sources close to the negotiations detailed the significant factors, which played a crucial role in securing the release of the brothers in a recent report by Mexican news outlet Riodoce.

The Culiacan-based publication was the first to break a number of stories with relation to the kidnapings including the release of the Guzman children.

According to the report, one of those factors involved the participation of key figures who allegedly took part in the volatile negotiations, including legendary drug kingpin Rafael Caro Quintero and even senior officials within the Mexican federal government.

Riodoce cited witnesses with direct knowledge of the events, who described the tense behind the scenes back and forth bargaining between the Sinaloa Cartel and their CJNG counterparts as “rough and jostling.”

Ultimately, sources maintain the turning point in the negotiations occurred once  Sinaloa Cartel leaders placed the fate of Rubén Oseguera González, also known as ‘El Menchito,’ the U.S.-born son of ‘El Mencho’ on the negotiating table.


Rubén Oseguera González, ‘El Menchito” son of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, ‘El Mencho’ top leader of the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel after June 2015 his arrest

Authorities arrested Oseguera González back in June 2015, on drug trafficking charges and he currently remains in custody at a federal prison in the state of Oaxaca.

The well-placed sources detailed how ‘El Mayo’ Zambada and senior figures in the Sinaloa criminal organization discussed the possibility of assassinating the young drug lord if the children of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman were harmed.

Information provided to Riodoce suggests the threat against ‘El Menchito’ was one of the primary factors that led to the safe return of Guzman’s sons. The Mexican publication reported how “operatives practically kidnapped” and confined Oseguera Gonzalez under threat from inside the prison.

As a result, ‘El Mayo’ Zambada put the leader of the CJNG on notice by sending a chilling warning that could not be ignored: “If something happens to those boys, the same will happen to yours.”

“Nemesio Oseguera did not want to budge, so they pressured his son in prison,” a person close to the negotiations was quoted saying in the report.

According to the informants, the federal government also intervened at the highest level to try to defuse the conflict before it erupted into violence. The report alleged top security officials and military in the area interceded once negotiations stalled and floated possible alternatives to violence between the country’s two most powerful criminal organizations.

Additionally, sources said Rafael Caro Quintero who co-founded the now defunct Guadalajara Cartel and still retains some influence in the state of Jalisco, allegedly helped de-escalate the tense situation before it turned into an all-out war.

Ivan Archivaldo Guzman (r) with Alfredo Guzman Salazar pictured left

Ivan Archivaldo Guzman (left) and brother Alfredo Guzman Salazar

“In the strongest negotiating terms the involvement of the federal government, along with Rafael Caro Quintero; and the kidnapping of Rubén Oseguera González is what prevented violence,” one source told Riodoce.

Riodoce  also detailed the unfolding events, which transpired the day after the Puerta Vallarta abductions occurred. According to Sources, ‘El Mayo’ Zambada reportedly summoned factions from various regions and states, which comprises the Sinaloa Federation to a meeting at a remote ranch located outside Culiacan.

Informants described the meeting as a ‘hotbed’ of activity with dozens of trucks arriving and heavily armed men in military tactical gear surrounding the ranch.

The meeting’s purpose was to discuss the events surrounding the abduction of  Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s two sons by members of the Jalisco New Generation, the negotiations for their release, possible consequences, and retribution, which allegedly included launching a broadside attack against the rival group if any harm was caused to the hostages.

Subsequently, the sources within the criminal organization warned of further violence, calling the events surrounding the brazen kidnapping of Guzman’s sons, ‘just a prelude’ to an all-out impending war between the Sinaloa Federation and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

In response to Riodoce’s report, officials in the Mexican Attorney General’s Office have refuted the assertions and staunchly denied having any such involvement in the alleged negotiations for the release of sons of El Chapo.

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