The son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman and five other cartel members have been released after being abducted by a rival gang and held for five days.
Jesus Alfredo Guzman had been kidnapped by masked gunmen from the upscale La Leche restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on Monday.
They were taken by the Jalisco New Generation cartel sparking fears of an all-out drug war.
CCTV images of the kidnapping had shown Guzman with his hands behind his head and on his knees as a man points a gun at him.
Other images show people sitting at a table inside the restaurant moments before the men enter to kidnap them around 1am.
Respected Mexican crime blog elblogdelnarco.com reported the men’s release but no official comment has been made by authorities.
The kidnapping was the latest blow to El Chapo’s efforts from behind bars to maintain his Sinaloa cartel’s dominance amid challenges from the emerging rival gang.
Alfredo’s abduction was seen by some to herald the start of a major shift in the structure of Mexico’s underworld, as rivals took advantage of Guzman’s grip slipping.
The 29-year-old is well known in Mexico for his playboy lifestyle, living of the millions his father, who currently sits in prison waiting for extradition to the US, had made.
He regularly posts pictures of showing him with supercars, bikini-clad girlfriends, pet tigers and even gold plated AK47s.
While El Chapo was on the run after being sprung from prison last year it was Alfredo who almost led the CIA and the drug enforcement agency to the Sinaloa boss.
He tweeted a picture of them in a restaurant in Costa Rica while forgetting to turn off the locator.
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