A brazen shootout and assassination occurred this week in one of Mexico’s most protected states, Chiapas, in the southern border region. The spark of violence placed authorities on high alert since the region is where President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador plans to retire to after his term ends.
Gunmen carried out an ambush-style attack in the city of Tuxtla Gutierrez, killing a high-profile member of the Sinaloa Cartel and several of his bodyguards. Hours later, the attackers ambushed police and soldiers, injuring a total of nine near the town of Pantelho.
Known as “El Junior” Gilberto Rivera Estrada, the cartel figure was operating in Chiapas for some time overseeing connections with Central and South America.
On the day of the attack, he was riding in an Audi SUV without license plates while bodyguards joined in a Renault SUV with Chiapas plates DLP-704-D. When the group drove by