Two of El Chapo’s sons have imposed curfew on a city under their cartel, according to local media.
Iván Archivaldo Guzmán and Jesús Alfredo Guzmán have threatened those who disobey the restrictions with beating plates, arrest, or fines, the Yucatan Times reported.
Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán is currently serving life in ADX Florence, a Colorado prison called the ‘Alcatraz of the Rockies’.
“This is not a game, we are not playing,” said a member of the Sinaloa cartel in one of many videos circulating on social media.
“After ten o’clock in the evening, all people must be in because of the coronavirus, otherwise they will be punished, these are orders” from above (from Los Chapitos), “said the video, referring to the brothers.
The two brothers are known as ‘los Chapitos’ or ‘little Chapos’ and are said to lead their father’s cartel.
The Yucatan Times says cartel members Culiacán, the capital of the state of Sinaloa, Mexico, patrol heavily armored vehicles to enforce curfew.
El Chapo was extradited to the U.S. in 2017 after being arrested in 2014 before escaping through a tunnel under his prison cell. He was recaptured in 2016.
Last year, he was found guilty of a number of criminal charges related to his leadership of the Sinaloa cartel. El Chapo’s daughter, Alejandrina, and several Mexican cartels have been featured in videos handing out coronavirus aid packages to the poor in an apparent public relations effort, Reuters reported.
Hundreds of Mexican communities run by criminal gangs, armed groups and drug traffickers have been under curfew and quarantine for years.
Mexico has 26,4025 confirmed cases of coronavirus and has 2,507 deaths, much less than the United States.
For comparison, the US exceeded the one million mark for coronavirus cases last week, while having the highest death toll of any country, nearly 69,000 on Monday.
Despite US President Donald Trump saying Mexico had “major coronavirus problems.”