Posted by Chuck B Almada, Republished from an Inquisitr article
Written by Elizabeth Gail
“Early on August 15, the seven men stormed into a trendy restaurant on the main drag of
The kidnapping had been seen as the latest blow to the elder Guzman’s efforts from behind bars to maintain Sinaloa cartel’s dominance in the region amid challenges from an emerging rival, the Jalisco New Generation cartel.”
El Chapo Guzman’s son Alfredo was said to have been released about a week later. That said, an investigation carried out by Riodoce indicates that the supposedly ‘official’ version of events was not entirely accurate. Starting with the kidnapped men, the widely circulated version indicates that only one of El Chapo Guzman’s sons Jesus Alfredo Guzman was kidnapped.
But according to a new report, three of his sons Ivan Archivaldo, Caesar and Alfredo were among them.
“[El Chapo Guzman’s sons] did have a bodyguard with them, but he was easily overcome by the sicarios.
Apparently, El Chapo’s sons together with friends kidnapped were released on August 19. However, Ivan and his bodyguard had been released days earlier. He is believed to have taken over the Sinaloa cartel leadership after his father was recaptured in January. Ivan is said to have opted to stay in Jalisco until his brothers were set free. In the days that followed the kidnapping, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada who has for a long time led the Sinaloa Cartel alongside El Chapo called for a meeting consisting of the top brass of the organization at a ranch in Sinaloa.
The associates are said to have arrived with heavily armed men, cordoning off the area. The meeting was to discuss the
Negotiations between El Mayo and Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes aka El Mencho, the CJNG leader, are said to have taken place, but stalled after the latter refused to release El Chapo’s sons. On why El Mencho chose to kidnap Guzman’s sons, it has been rumored that he wanted to end a stalemate between the two cartels in hotly contested drug trafficking corridors to the United States and so wanted to use them as a bargaining chip. According to the New York Post, Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana regions were some of the areas of contention.
Apparently, El Mencho’s son El Menchito was kidnapped while in prison by Sinaloa cartel operatives as leverage in exchange for El Chapo’s sons. The Federal Government and Rafael Caro Quintero currently a fugitive drug lord, are said to have gotten involved to avert a war between the two biggest drug-trafficking cartels in Mexico, hence the release of El Chapo’s sons.
Meanwhile, El Chapo Guzman’s son Ivan is said to have taken immediate precautions to avoid a repeat of the situation by moving family members to safe locations. He is said to be preparing his men for a strong offense in case more Sinaloa Cartel and CJNG conflicts arise.