Drug lord civil war leaves at least 15 people dead as sons of El Chapo battle with kingpin’s former right-hand man for control of the Sinaloa Cartel.
Infighting between the ruling ranks of the Sinaloa Cartel left 15 people dead.
The group started to splinter following the arrest and extradition of kingpin Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán to the United States.
Mexican media outlets attributed Wednesday’s killings in Culiacán, Sinaloa, to an armed group tied to his sons, known as Los Chapitos.
Seven men from a gang linked to El Chapo’s former right-hand man, ‘El Mayo’, were killed in the Culiacán mountainous town of Tepuche.
Another eight were killed in a different part of the Los Bagrecitos community, in the state of Sinaloa.
A civil war within the ranks of Joaquín ‘El Chapo‘ Guzmán’s old Sinaloa drugs cartel has left another 15 people dead after a series of brutal executions.
Mexican authorities in the western state of Sinaloa recovered the bodies following several incidents that took place Wednesday morning.
Gangs linked to El Chapo’s sons, otherwise known as Los Chapitos, attacked those loyal to the drug lord’s former right hand man, Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada.
The power struggle for control of the Sinaloa Cartel stretches back to the January 2016 arrest of former leader El Chapo, who was extradited to the United States the following year.
The feud grew when El Mayo’s son, Vicente Zambada, took the stand during El Chapo’s trial at a New York federal court before the notorious drug lord was convicted and sentenced to life in prison last July.
The Sinaloa Cartel, once commanded by Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán (center), has splintered since the notorious drug lord was jailed and extradited to the United States
At least 15 people were executed in Culiacán, Mexico, on Wednesday, June 24th, due to a Sinaloa Cartel internal conflict. News outlets reported a gang tied to Los Chapitos – a faction of the cartel led by Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s three sons – including Iván Archivaldo and Jesus Alfredo who ordered the killings.
Ovidio Guzmán is one of El Chapo’s three sons who has assumed control of the organization in his absence.