Mexican car salesman Kevin Beltran Rios wrongly arrested as El Chapo's son

25 Jun 2012
Kevin Beltran Rios
Kevin Beltran Rios (blue shirt) and Felix Beltran Leon (red shirt): Leon insists he is a car salesman from western Jalisco state who has no relationship to Guzman
 
El Chapo
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who has been branded the world's most powerful drug lord, is on the run 
 
When Mexican police detained supposed drug suspect and paraded him for the media, saying he was the son of 'the world's most powerful drug lord', there was great fanfare.

But that fanfare has since gone silent following claims the detainee is actually just a car salesman - and no relation to the fugitive head of Mexico's powerful Sinaloa Cartel, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

The authorities in both the US and Mexico are now scrambling to check DNA samples to clarify his identity.
 
The detainee's lawyer says he is Felix Beltran Leon, from western Jalisco state - not Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar.

The lawyer, Heriberto Rangel Mendez, said he would show proof of the man's identity.
There is confusion over where the information came from to make the arrest.

The Mexican Attorney General's Office issued a statement saying information identifying him as son of Guzman came from the U.S.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency said the information came from Mexico.
 
DEA spokesman Rusty Payne, said they were working separately to confirm the man's identity.

He added: 'The Mexican Navy and Mexican law enforcement have said this is El Chapo's son and that's what we took.

An official with the Mexican attorney general's office, who wasn't authorised to speak on the record, said the office is also studying photographs of Guzman and his family.

The suspect didn't resemble a photograph of Guzman's son recently issued by the U.S. Treasury Department.
 
The possible mis-identification could be embarrassing for both countries in the cat-and-mouse game they are playing with Guzman, who has been on the run since escaping from a Mexican prison in a laundry cart in 2001.
 
The Treasury Department has called him the world's most powerful drug lord.

The Mexican Navy said that Guzman Salazar has been taking on an increasing leadership role in the cartel and purportedly served as the administrator of his father's fortune, estimated by Forbes magazine at about $1 billion.

Mexican authorities have said that the man they presented to the news media on Thursday was captured during a raid by marines in Zapopan, an upscale suburb of the western city of Guadalajara, thanks to intelligence work and information from U.S. authorities.

Also captured in the raid was an alleged 19-year-old Sinaloa cartel member, Kevin Daniel Beltran Rios.
 
The pair was reportedly caught with a grenade launcher and four grenades, two assault rifles, two pistols and $135,000 in cash.

Guzman Salazar is wanted in the United States on an outstanding extradition request, to face charges in Chicago related to drug trafficking. 
 
SOURCE: Daily Mail
 

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