Gunmen abduct gang members in Mexico resort town
Eight armed men kidnap Sinaloa cartel members at Puerto Vallarta restaurant
An armed police officer stands guard at the entrance of La Leche restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco State, Mexico. Photograph: Ulises Ruiz Basurto/EPA
Eight armed men abducted “six or seven” suspected members of the Sinaloa drug cartel from a restaurant in the heart of Mexico’s Pacific tourist resort of Puerto Vallarta early on Monday morning, the state attorney general said.
Local authorities say the victims were seized early on Monday morning from a restaurant in the resort town.
Interviewed on local television, Jalisco Attorney General Eduardo Almaguer said the men who were abducted were believed to be members of the Sinaloa cartel, one of Mexico’s most feared drug smuggling gangs, which was led by Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman until his capture in January.
Mr Almaguer said the suspected gang members were accompanied by nine women who were left behind, adding that the kidnappers had yet to make any contact with authorities.
Puerto Vallarta, in the state of Jalisco, is one of Mexico’s top holiday destinations, luring all-inclusive tourists and high-end sunseekers to its beaches.
Jalisco, which lies south along the Pacific coast from Sinaloa, is also home to the Jalisco New Generation cartel, which has become one of the country’s most powerful drug gangs in recent years.