El Chapo's Sons 'Enforcing Coronavirus Curfew With Threats Of Torture'
The sons, known as Los Chapitos or the little Chapos, have been threatening to 'sanction' anyone who is found ignoring the 10pm curfew, with claims they have sent out henchmen to 'torture' people who have broken the curfew, according to the Yucatan Times.
Videos shared online are believed to show the men patrolling the streets of Culiacán looking for anyone breaking curfew. One man can be heard saying that he will deal out punishments such as 'boarding' (whacking someone with planks of wood) or make 'arrests' or issue 'fines'.
Iván Archivaldo Guzmán and Jesús Alfredo, sons of Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán, have reportedly taken up roles as leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel, following their dad's arrest and life-long prison sentence.
In one clips that has been shared online a man can be heard saying: "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 [from Los Chapitos]. This is no game, we're not playing."
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In a second video another man says: "Anybody caught after 10 o'clock, if not an essential worker, will be 'lifted' for two days and face boarding, and will have to pay a fine."
In one of the clips a plank of wood can be seen with 'covid-19' written across it.
Members of the cartel say they have made exceptions for essential workers who need to be outside after 10pm.
Dad El Chapo was captured in the Mexico back in 2016 before being extradited to the US in 2017, where he was given a life-sentence. He is now serving his sentence in ADX Florence.
Since he has been banged up, Culiacán has been plagued by violence thought to be related to El Chapo's sons.
Alongside the pandemic, officials in Mexico are still battling soaring homicide figures.
The country had its deadliest day this year in April with 105 murders, another day in April saw 104 murders.
Speaking at a briefing last month President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said: "We are addressing the issue of the coronavirus, but unfortunately we continue to have problems with homicides."
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