A son of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was believed to have been kidnapped, along with 15 others, from a restaurant in the Mexican resort city of Puerto Vallarta, Eduardo Almaguer, Jalisco state attorney general, said Tuesday.
In an interview with Mexico’s Radio Formula, Almaguer said “it is presumed” the kingpin’s son was among those taken, the Associated Press reported.
Details of the kidnapping, including the total number of victims and their identities, are still developing. The AP reported some of the victims may have been using fake names.
Analysts say the strength of Guzman’s enterprise helped unleash an ongoing drug war that has left tens of thousands of his countrymen dead.
A particularly high-profile killing made El Chapo Guzman a household name, and landed him in jail: the 1993 slaying of Cardinal Juan Jesus Posadas Ocampo. Authorities said the beloved church official was slain by Guzman’s enemies, who thought they were taking aim at the drug lord.
As outrage mounted over the cardinal’s death, Guzman was arrested in Guatemala. Authorities extradited him to Mexico, where he was quickly convicted of criminal association and bribery and sentenced to 20 years behind bars.