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Sons of ‘El Chapo’ injured during attack ordered by rival Sinaloa cartel boss

February 9, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Sons of ‘El Chapo’ injured during attack ordered by rival Sinaloa cartel boss

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The sons of recently extradited drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman were reportedly injured in an attack by a senior figure vying for control of the Sinaloa Federation Cartel, which has sparked an unstoppable wave of violence in the state of Sinaloa.

A letter purportedly written by Ivan Archivaldo and Alfredo Jesus Salazar was circulated late Wednesday by respected Mexican journalist Ciro Gómez Leyva, which reported that the sons of the jailed kingpin were wounded in an attack on Saturday.

Gomez-Leyva said the attack, was an act of betrayal perpetrated by none other than Damaso Lopez Nunez, also known as ‘El Licenciado’ or The Bachelor,’ leader of the Los Damaso faction along with his son Damaso Lopez Serrano, aka ‘El Mini Lic.’

‘El Chapo’s’ lawyer confirmed in an interview that the letter given to a Mexican journalist was written by Guzman’s sons Ivan Archivaldo and Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar

Authorities say the sons of ‘El Chapo’ have assumed positions withing the Sinaloa cartel leadership after their father’s apprehension in January 2016.

Lopez Nunez, a top lieutenant for ‘El Chapo,’ is a former state prosecutor who later worked as an official at the Punte Grande prison in the state of Jalisco, where he helped ‘El Chapo’ facilitate his first jailbreak in 2001.

According to Gomez-Leyva, at the time of the attack, the sons of ‘El Chapo’ were attending a meeting with Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada, co-founder of the Sinaloa Federation Cartel and Guzman’s longtime partner.

The kingpin’s sons said Damaso Lopez convened the meeting near  Badiraguato, El Chapo’s hometown called to discuss their abduction last year at the hands of a rival drug cartel, Proceso reported.

In August 2016, Zambada negotiated the release of Guzman’s sons after they were kidnapped from an upscale restaurant in Puerta Vallarta, Jalisco by purported hitmen with the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel.

Ivan Archivaldo and Jesus Alfredo Guzman-Salazar, the sons of ‘El Chapo’ were injured in an attack by a rival cartel faction

Guzman’s sons added that upon arriving at the location of the meetings, assassins opened fire, killing several armed escorts.

Both brothers and Zambada managed to escape the ambush narrowly.

Officials have not confirmed the report. However, ‘El Chapo’s’ Mexican-based attorney Jose Refugio affirmed the letter came from Guzman’s sons in an interview with Radio Formula. “I know about that letter, and I know they wrote that letter, but it was not delivered through me” Refugio stated.

The letter provided no further information on the condition of Guzman’s sons or the extent of their injuries.

The state of Sinaloa has remained gripped by the unrest since Saturday amid the violent confrontations as rival paramilitary groups engaged in fierce gunbattles.

In the past 72 hours, authorities have reported no fewer than five clashes in the area around the state’s capital of Culiacan and surrounding municipalities.

As JammedUp News reported, a member of a Naval Marine unit and five purported gunmen were reportedly killed during a predawn shootout in Culiacan after a military patrol came under heavy attack by a convoy of cartel hitmen.

‘El Chapo’s’ sons were with Guzman’s longtime partner Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada (left) when the attack occurred by gunmen  loyal to Damaso Lopez Nunez known as the ‘The Bachelor,’  leader of a Sinaloa Cartel faction

Later in the day, a massive gunbattle between factions loyal to the sons of ‘El Chapo’ and Lopez Nunez erupted in the town of Villa Juarez, located in the city of Novolato.

The spiraling violence has prompted the federal government to launch major military operations aimed to quell the violence and reestablishing security in the region.

The report is the latest indication of a fracture within the Sinaloa crime syndicate, considered by U.S. and Mexican authorities as the most powerful drug trafficking organization.

Security analysts predict that violence will worsen in the wake of ‘El Chapo’s’ extradition to Brooklyn on January 20th, where he faces a 17-count indictment charging him with leading a continuing criminal enterprise, large-scale trafficking of narcotics into the United States, murder, money laundering and arms trafficking.

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