EL CHAPO’S sons are brutally enforcing a coronavirus lockdown on a Mexican city as they threaten people who breach the measures with torture.
Ivan Archivaldo Guzman-Salazar and Jesus Alfredo Guzman-Salazar – known as Los Chapitos, or the Little Chapos – have reportedly sent their henchmen to enforce a curfew in Culiacan.
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Video is being shared online of the cartel bosses’ men patrolling the streets in cars – telling those who do not comply they will be punished.
Punishments include “arrests”, “sanctions”, “fines” and “boardings” – the act of being beaten with a wooden plank.
The two sons are now said to run their infamous dad’s Sinaloa Cartel, which has its base in Culiacan and has an estimated value of a $1billion from the drugs trade.
Notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is currently in a maximum security prison in the United States after being extradited in 2017.
Sinaloa enforcers are cruising the streets while heavily armed to impose the coronavirus lockdown, reports the Yucatan Times.
In the video, a voice says: “After ten o’clock at night, all the people must be inside their homes due to the coronavirus, otherwise they will be punished.
“These are orders from above. This is no game, we’re not playing.”
Mexico has so far recorded 26,025 confirmed cases of coronavirus, and 2,507 deaths.
Reportedly only members of the Sinaloa Cartel and people going travelling for work are allowed on the the streets.
Cartel thugs threaten to “board” people for two days and give them a fine if they are found out after 10pm.
Sinaloa state authorities have previously urged the public to state home, but have not enforced the order – allowing the cartel to move in.
El Chapo’s sons Ivan, 36, and Jesus, 37, are also attempting to win over the public with kindness as they exploit the crisis to secure power in the region.
And meanwhile, packages of food and essentials have been dished out in boxes featuring pictures of the drug lord – presented under the fashion brand Chapo 701.
His daughter Alejandrina shared a video of her putting toilet paper into a box as she prepared one the care packages dubbed “Chapo’s Provisions”.
Protective face masks were also handed out, all them marked with a stencil design of El Chapo’s face.
Reportedly the cartel is also running an illegal alcohol trade after a dry law was instituted by the state during the pandemic – once again cashing in.
Mexico’s economy is taking a big hit during the crisis, so the cartels are moving in to gain support targeting those worst hit by the virus.
The bloodshed linked to the cartels has also not stopped, with the murder rate during March hitting its highest since July, 2018.
Police and military forces are now tied up trying to deal with the pandemic, leaving room for the criminals to operate.
Mexico has also seen a spate of attacks on its frontline health workers amid fears they may be carrying the virus – with reports of nurses being splashed with bleach.
The country’s national health service pleaded with people at a press conference to stop assaults against staff after it recorded at least 21 attacks in 12 states.
It is unclear if the attacks are linked to the cartels.
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El Chapo’s cartel won a chilling victory last October when they overpowered the Mexican army to spring another of the drug lord’s sons, Ovidio Guzman Lopez.
At least 13 people were killed as gun battles raged through the streets of Cualican – with the the authorities hopelessly out gunned by the gang.
Mexican forces ended up having to release Ovidio to prevent any further blood violence, a defeat that was for many seen as handing power to the cartel.
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