UPDATE: According to Sinaloa Cartel members, El Chap’s son has since been released.
The brazen kidnapping of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s son has unleashed fears of a new war between rival cartels in the violence-weary country.
Police have confirmed that Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar — one of Guzman’s sons from his first marriage — was abducted from an upscale bar in the resort city of Puerto Vallarta on Monday along with five other men.
Authorities say they suspect the gunmen who seized them were from the Jalisco New Generation cartel, an upstart rival of jailed kingpin Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel…
Now, Jesus Guzman’s kidnapping could trigger a violent battle between the two cartels for control of the drug trafficking routes to the United States.
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