Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s sons, Iván Archivaldo Guzmán and Jesús Alfredo Guzmán, are enforcing coronavirus lockdown measures in the Mexican city under their cartel’s control by threatening violence on anyone who violates the mandatory curfew. Iván and Jesús, also known as “Los Chapitos” or “Little Chapos,” currently run their incarcerated father’s infamous Sinaloa drug cartel in the city of Culiacán, and they’ve made it very clear to the residents of the Mexican town that the coronavirus pandemic is a serious matter. “After 10 o’clock at night, all the people must be inside their homes due to the coronavirus, otherwise they will be punished,” a member of the Sinaloa Cartel announced in a video circulating online. “These are orders ‘from above,’” he specified, referring to Los Chapitos.
“This is no game! We’re not playing!” he added. In another clip, Culiacán residents are warned that “anybody caught after 10 o’clock, if not an essential worker, will be ‘lifted’ for two days and will have to pay a fine.” In this case, “lifted” refers to beating with boards.
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Los Chapitos have been running their father’s cartel ever since he was extradited to the US in 2017, where he then received life in prison in 2019. He is currently serving his sentence at ADX Florence, a prison in Colorado known as the “Alcatraz of the Rockies.” Meanwhile, Chapo’s daughter, Alejandrina Guzman, has been seen offering coronavirus relief packages to those in need, which include items like medical masks, food, and hand soap.
“A lot of people don’t believe [the coronavirus], aren’t careful, I think because of what we’ve been through,” said a woman from Tamaulipas, a border state near Texas plagued by cartel violence. “They say if 10 years of war haven’t killed us, a virus isn’t going to. We’ve been living 10 years in quarantine.”