The sons of infamous drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and their cartel associates used corkscrews, electrocution and sizzling chiles to torture their rivals whereas a few of their victims have been “fed lifeless or alive to tigers,” in line with an indictment lately launched by the U.S. Justice Division. The three Guzman sons charged — Ovidio Guzmán López, Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar and Iván Archivaldo Guzmán Sálazar, often called the Chapitos, or little Chapos — have beenin an enormous fentanyl-trafficking investigation introduced final week.
The Justice Division accused the cartel members of working “the biggest, most violent and most prolific fentanyl trafficking operation on this planet,” it additionally detailed the brutal strategies of torture and executions utilized by the cartel to increase energy and intimidate enemies.
In line with the indictment, rival drug traffickers, legislation enforcement officers and members devoted to different cartel factions have been amongst these interrogated by the Chapitos on the Navolato, Sinaloa, ranch owned by Iván Archivaldo Guzmán Sálazar.
“As soon as info was obtained by these captives, sometimes by way of torture, these people have been killed — both by or on the path of the Chapitos themselves — and the our bodies disposed of all through the realm. Whereas many of those victims have been shot, others have been fed lifeless or alive to tigers” belonging to Ivan and Alfredo, the indictment says.
In one other chilling description, federal prosecutors alleged that two of El Chapo’s sons have been concerned within the seize and homicide of two Mexican federal legislation enforcement officers in 2017. One of many officers was interrogated and killed whereas the opposite was tortured in entrance of El Chapo’s sons by the cartel’s hitmen, often called “Ninis.”
“For about two hours, members of the Ninis tortured Sufferer-5 by inserting a corkscrew into Sufferer 5’s muscle tissue, ripping it out of his muscle tissue, and putting sizzling chiles in his open wounds and nostril” earlier than being shot lifeless by Iván Archivaldo Guzmán Sálazar, the indictment alleges. The sufferer and his fellow slain officer have been then dumped close to a motel off of a freeway close to the ranch, federal prosecutors stated.
The indictment goes on to allege that El Chapo’s sons used electrocution and waterboarding to torture members of rival drug cartels in addition to associates who refused to pay money owed. Federal officers that the Chapitos additionally examined the efficiency of the fentanyl they allegedly produced on their prisoners.
Of the three Chapitos charged, solely Ovidio Guzmán López has been captured. He was arrested in January within the Sinaloa capital of Culiacan.
“Demise and destruction are central to their complete operation,” DEA chief Anne Milgram Milgram stated Friday, calling the Chapitos and the worldwide community they function “a community that fuels violence and demise on either side of the border.”
El Chapo, the Sinaloa cartel’s founder, is serving a life sentence in a most safety jail in Colorado after beingon costs together with drug trafficking, cash laundering and weapons-related offenses.
In January,to Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, alleging that he has been subjected to “psychological torment” in jail.