Son of 'El Chapo' May Be Kidnapped

Ivan Guzman seen as too flashy, may have annoyed other gang members
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2016 2:46 PM CDT

(Newser) – The brazen kidnapping at a Mexican resort on Monday may have netted a big prize for the kidnappers: the son of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo," reports Reuters. Between seven and eight armed men snatched six other men early Monday from a high-end restaurant in a Puerto Vallarta, and Ivan Guzman is "presumed" to be among the abducted, per the Jalisco state AG. In fact, all of those taken are believed to be from his jailed father's Sinaloa Cartel, though false IDs at the scene were complicating identification of the missing.

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The largest gang in that area is the Jalisco New Generation cartel, though it hasn't been officially named in the abduction. As for why Ivan Guzman may have been targeted, experts who spoke to the AP say he has a reputation for rubbing people in the Sinaloa Cartel the wrong way by being ostentatious in person and on social media. "Ivan … was, I believe, a bit crazy," a political science professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico says, adding "a serious narco" wouldn't post all his exploits online the way the younger Guzman does. (Click to read how the legalization of marijuana helped lead to the nation's heroin epidemic.)

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