El Chapo’s sons offer $100 biweekly salary to drug rehab center patients who are recruited as assassins to protect the organization’s turf near Mexico’s border with California
- Baja California Attorney General’s office discovered the Sinaloa Cartel is recruiting male patients from a drug rehabilitation center
- Officials say the cartel is offering its recruits $100 biweekly to participate in criminal acts in the Baja California city of Mexicali
- Authorities detained arrested 11 former rehab center patients November 2 after they were recruited by Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s sons
Joaquín ‘El Chapo‘s Guzmán’s sons are keeping their cartel’s stronghold in the northern Mexican border city of Mexicali by recruiting male patients, including teenagers, from a drug rehabilitation facility.
The Baja California Attorney General’s office found through a recent investigation that the Sinaloa Cartel had been tapping the rehab center for recruits in Mazatlán, Sinaloa.
El Chapo’s three sons, Jesús Alfredo Guzmán, Iván Guzmán and Ovidio Guzmán, who go by the monicker ‘Los Chapitos’, have been luring prospective members with $100 biweekly payments to take up arms, according to Infobae.
Pictured are eight of the 11 suspects who according to the Baja California state Attorney General’s office were recruited by the Sinaloa Cartel and offered a $100 biweekly salary to protect its drug turd in the border city of Mexicali and attack rival groups
The Baja California state Attorney General’s office said it discovered that Sinaloa Cartel had been recruiting male patients from the Jovenes Mazatlán Una Oportunidad De Vida, A.C. rehab center in Mazatlán
The hired assassins were deployed to Mexicali and ordered to protect the lucrative drug turf that lies near the border with southern California.
The Baja California Attorney General said Los Chapitos also instructed its new cartel cell fighters to attack rival drug trafficking networks in the area.
At least 11 suspects were authorities arrested during a raid at a home last Monday were plucked out of the Jovenes Mazatlán Una Oportunidad De Vida, A.C. rehab center in Mazatlán.
Pictured above are three of the 11 members of the Sinaloa Cartel who were arrested in Mexicali, Baja California. The individuals were recruited to form part of a cell that protected the cartel’s turf in Mexicali, near the border with California
Ovidio Guzmán (left) and Iván Archivaldo Guzmán (right) along with their sibling Jesús Alfredo Guzmán assumed control of the Sinaloa Cartel with their father, Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, serving a life jail sentence in the United States
The arrests came after cops detained Edwin David Guzmán, 24, aboard a motorcycle, which resembled the same bike used to carry out the drive-by shooting of a man the evening of October 31.
As part of the operation, security forces recovered nine weapons, including a military rifle, two walkie talkie radios,
The state prosecutor’s office identified them as Luis Pérez, 23; Humberto Morgan, 39; Juan León; Jesús Figueroa, 35; Jorge López, 27; Luis Castro, 32; José González, 28; Alejandro Ramírez, 39; Pedro Navarro, 19; Jorge Cortez, 19; and Jorge de Jesús, 20 años.
Since El Chapo’s imprisonment, the Sinaloa Cartel has been under the direction of his three sons and Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada, who co-founded the organization with the infamous drug lord.
All three of El Chapo’s sons are wanted by authorities in the United States.
Ovidio Guzmán avoided extradition to the United States in October 2019 when Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador ordered his release after security forces detained him at his house in Culiacán.
A war-like battle ensued in broad daylight with cartel fighters abducting several military soldiers and launching attacks and burning vehicles throughout the city before the president admittedly told told agents to back down.