MEXICO CITY – A man reputed to be a financial manager for the sons of jailed Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was arrested on Thursday in Mexico City, sources in the Mexican Attorney General’s Office told EFE.
Victor Manuel Felix Beltran, 30, was taken into custody before dawn at a residence in Mexico City’s upscale Santa Fe neighborhood.
Authorities say that Felix Beltran succeeded his father, Victor Manuel Felix Felix, as money manager for Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel in March 2011, when the older man was arrested.
Felix Felix is Chapo’s father-in-law.
Felix Beltran was responsible for laundering the proceeds of drug trafficking and used an alias to acquire land, vehicles and businesses, the AG Office said.
Investigators say that Felix Beltran was present for an Aug. 15, 2016, dinner at the La Leche restaurant in the resort city of Puerto Vallarta to celebrate the birthday of one of Chapo’s sons, Ivan Archivaldo Guzman Salazar.
That night, armed men burst into the restaurant to abduct Ivan and brother Jesus Alfredo, who were freed days later.
Authorities attributed the kidnapping to a struggle for control of the Sinaloa cartel following Chapo’s January 2016 arrest and subsequent extradition to the United States.
The battle was between Chapo’s sons and a faction led by Damaso Lopez Nuńez and his son, Damaso Lopez Serrano, whose arrest earlier this year appears to have tilted the balance in favor of the Guzman brothers.