The fugitive sons of Joaquín “El Chapo Guzmán” reportedly organized a party before Christmas Day where cars were towed and gifts were delivered to residents of the western Mexican state of Sinaloa.
Videos of the drug festival, which took place recently in an uncharted town in Culiacan, showed several bands performing live for invitees, including those who were lucky enough to drive home in eight brand-new cars.
The footage also showed rows of toys and other goods stacked alongside a black poster bearing the initials of El Chapo.
The event hosted by the four sons of prison drug lords, Ovidio Guzmán López, Joaquín Guzmán López, Iván Archivaldo Guzmán and Jesus Alfredo Guzmán – also known as Los Chapitos – was to commemorate “Posada”, a religious tradition celebrated in Mexico and Latin America. America that remembers the journey Joseph and Mary took in search of a safe haven for Mary to give birth to Jesus.
While the pousada is usually celebrated between December 16 and December 24, the exact date and venue of the open air festival is unknown.
“We have no information on any pousadas made by Mr. Guzman’s children,” a Culiacan police official told online news outlet Grillnotas.
A band plays at a recent event The four sons of El Chapo are said to be wanted by the United States government for drug trafficking. The party was held in Culiacan where the attendees took cars, toys and household appliances
At least eight cars were handed over by El Chapo’s four sons before Christmas Day during a recent event in Sinaloa, Mexico.
Ovidio Guzmán-López (left) and Joaquín Guzmán-López (right), two of the four El Chapo sons who took control of the Sinaloa Cartel while serving a life sentence in the United States
Jesus Alfredo Guzmán-Salazar (left) and Ivan Archivaldo Guzmán-Salazar (right) emerged from the Sinaloa Cartel shortly after their father, Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán, was sent to prison.
A Jalisco State Public Security official told outlets that while they were not aware of any public events by the cartel and the sons of El Chapo, this was expected of them as they are well known in the northern region of the state.
The cartel held a similar event in December 2020 in San Diego, a neighborhood in the Culiacan, town of El Dorado. But that party – attended by up to 800 guests – was closed by the military due to COVID-19 measures that banned mass gatherings.
Their son follows in the footsteps of their father and ex-partner Pablo Escobar, who often gave lavish gifts as a show of gratitude to those who showed loyalty to him, especially during Christmas.
Colombian drug lord Escobar once ordered the construction of more than 200 homes for poor families living in the Moravian slum of Medellin, and also built more than 50 football fields. He also made his followers hand over many gifts before Christmas.
The leaked videos followed an announcement last Wednesday that the US State Department was offering four $5 million rewards for any information that could lead to the arrest and/or conviction of Los Chapitos.
“For years, the United States has been in the grips of the worst drug epidemic in its history, driven by overdose deaths including illicitly manufactured heroin and fentanyl and increased availability of methamphetamine,” the State Department said in a statement. Transnational criminal organizations are largely responsible for bringing these drugs and related violence into our societies.
Ivan Archivaldo Guzmán-Salazar and Jesus Alfredo Guzmán-Salazar were born after their father married Alejandrina Maria Salazar Hernández in 1977.
Ovidio Guzmán-López and Joaquín Guzmán-López were born from the 1980s marriage of El Chapo to Griselda López Pérez, with whom he had two more children, Edgar and Griselda Guadalupe.
Toys and bicycles were among some of the gifts that the sons of El Chapo recently gave to the people of Sinaloa
Attendees take part in a live show at an outdoor event recently held by the Four Sons of El Chapo in Sinaloa, Mexico, where guests are treated to a raffle of eight cars as well as household appliances and toys for their children
El Chapo is serving a life sentence in an ultra-high-definition federal facility in Colorado
The State Department said the Guzmán Salazar brothers rose to power in the Sinaloa Cartel after their father was arrested and subsequently extradited to the United States, where he was convicted and now faces a life sentence in a Colorado prison facility.
Federal investigators allege that the Guzmán-Salazar siblings “provided significant practical assistance to their father, including coordinating the transportation of drugs from Central and South America to Mexico; coordinating drug transportation to the United States; distributing drugs to wholesale clients in the United States; and collecting drug proceeds from US customers to transfer it to Mexico for the benefit of Sinaloa Cartel members and partners.
Meanwhile, the Guzmán Lopez brothers rose to prominence after the murder of their brother Edgar, who was killed in May 2008.
They established the Guzmán-López transnational criminal organization under the cartel and invested their money in purchasing marijuana in Mexico and cocaine from Colombia that was later smuggled into the United States. The brothers also bought large quantities of ephedrine from suppliers in Argentina that were smuggled into Mexico, where they ventured into producing methamphetamine.
Guzmán-López currently operates about 11 clandestine methamphetamine labs throughout the family’s home state of Sinaloa. Their network produces about 3,000 to 5,000 pounds of methamphetamine on a monthly basis before selling it to other Sinaloa Cartel members as well as distributors working for the criminal organization in the United States and Canada.
Of the four siblings, Ovidio Guzmán Lopez is the only one who has come close to joining his father in a US prison.
He escaped extradition to the United States on October 17, 2019 when the Mexican military tracked him to a home in Culiacan, Sinaloa, after an arrest warrant was issued by a Washington, D.C. federal court judge, as the United States sought to dismantle alleged fentanyl trafficking by the cartel.
Household appliances are prepared next to a stage at an outdoor party organized by El Chapo for the sons, known as Los Chapitos, of the townspeople in Sinaloa, Mexico.
However, chaos reigned in the streets of Culiacan as cartel fighters led an attack that overwhelmed the local armed forces and police, who were met with grenade launchers and rifles.
A video clip of Ovidio Guzmán showed Lopez ordering Ivan Archivaldo Guzmán over the phone to order their agents to step down.
On the orders of President López Obrador, the security forces released Ovidio Guzmán López and withdrew from his residence.
By that time, at least 13 people had been killed in an army-like attack by the cartel’s followers, who had also kidnapped military officials before releasing them.