A day after denying that a son of drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was among those kidnapped early Monday morning from a Puerto Vallarta restaurant, the Jalisco Attorney General now says that Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar was one of those abducted.
Eduardo Almaguer also said at a press conference this afternoon that the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) was behind the incident, which took place about 1:00am during a dinner party at La Leche restaurant.
Initial reports stated that as many as 16 people were abducted but today Almaguer amended that figure to six, all of them men and all believed to be members of the Sinaloa Cartel. Four of them had been identified as of this afternoon.
There were nine women present at the party, which was interrupted by seven armed subjects who arrived in two sport-utility vehicles.
As of today no one has made an official report to authorities about the disappearance of the six people.
Investigators have combed six luxury vehicles that remained at the restaurant after the incident to find clues as to who the kidnap victims were. Authorities said there were no firearms in the vehicles but they did find some expensive liquor.
There was speculation earlier today by the Attorney General that it was Iván Guzmán, another son of the Sinaloa Cartel boss, who had been abducted.
But it was his younger brother who was taken instead. Both were born to the drug lord’s third wife, María Alejandra Salazar Hernández.
Jesús Alfredo was accused in a U.S. court in 2009 of drug trafficking.
The abductions are another indication that there is a dispute under way for control of the cartel. “El Chapo” Guzmán’s mother’s home in Sinaloa was looted in June during an invasion of the mountainous region that has long been the stronghold of the criminal organization.
Raúl Benítez, a professor at the National Autonomous University, told the Associated Press that “at this time there is a war on for control of the Sinaloa Cartel,” a war in which the focus is on Guzmán’s family.
Security analyst Alejandro Hope expressed surprise that the victims appeared to have no security in place, allowing the abductions to take place without a shot being fired.