El Chapo’s sons and dozens of his hitmen from the Sinaloa Cartel have reportedly invaded and terrorised a town in Mexico with complete impunity, with locals saying that “the soldiers hid and left us all alone, they abandoned us”.
The incident took place in the town of Caborca, which is reportedly home to the Caborca Cartel and which is located in the northern Mexican state of Sonora, near the border with the United States, on the night of Tuesday, 15th February.
The first piece of footage shows men in military-style fatigues at a petrol station while 4WDs are filled up. A second piece of footage, filmed by a CCTV camera, shows a long line of 4WDs entering the town.
The armed group, which numbered 150 men, was reportedly able to take the town despite passing right in front of a National Guard detachment and then passing in front of another group of soldiers. No one stopped them, not even the local police, according to reports.
An unnamed resident of the town is quoted by the Spanish newspaper El Pais as saying: “There was not a single member of the authorities who came out to confront them, all the soldiers hid. They left us all alone, they abandoned us.”
The armed gang reportedly looked through people’s windows menacingly with their guns, as if they were looking for people.
They reportedly kidnapped five people and killed two others. The identities of the two people who were killed have not been released, but it is said that members of the armed group stormed their homes and shot them dead.
One of the five kidnapped people was named as Eduardo Uribe.
A group of 10 gunmen allegedly surrounded his mother’s bed after breaking into her home. They were looking for her son.
They found him sleeping in another room, along with a male friend named as Sebastian Manriquez.
Both were kidnapped by force despite Uribe’s unnamed mother’s pleas and screams.
They were released the following day and on Thursday respectively, but two of the five people who were kidnapped are still missing.
The town is still reeling from the shock. The school is currently closed and the mayor, Abraham David Mier Nogales, has urged businesses to observe an unofficial, 10pm curfew.
Members from the Mexican armed forces were reportedly deployed to the town on Wednesday, hours after the violence had ceased.
Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman is a former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel. He is widely considered to have been one of the most prolific drug traffickers the world has ever seen, and he is currently serving a life sentence in prison in the US state of Colorado.
It is currently believed that the drug kingpin’s friends and relatives are fighting for leadership positions within the Sinaloa Cartel. Ismael Zambada is currently considered to be a key leader of the organisation.
It is currently unclear if any of El Chapo’s sons participated in the invasion of the town or if they simply ordered it.