By BBN Staff: The son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was reportedly kidnapped along with five other men at a restaurant in the Mexican beach resort or Puerto Vallarta.
According to Mexican authorities, the six men were abducted by a squad of seven armed assailants.
Authorities also believe that Ivan Archivaldo Guzman was among the group of kidnapped men.
Experts say Guzmán assumed control of parts of his father’s business after he was re-arrested in January.
Authorities have been taking fingerprints from the scene, viewing video images and checking identifications related to five vehicles – some luxury models – left behind by the victims at the restaurant.
Mexican officials say the abduction was the work of a “criminal group” that operates in the area, and while they would not identify the gang by name, the largest group operating in the state is the Jalisco New Generation cartel.
The Jalisco cartel has grown quickly to rival El Chapo’s Sinaloa cartel as the most powerful of Mexico’s drug gangs.
Experts say there could be other reasons why someone would want to kidnap the younger Guzmán. Ivan Archivaldo Guzmán had reportedly been running roughshod over allies in his father’s business.
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