El Chapos drug cartel hitmen brazenly flaunt patrol cars stolen from police

Hitmen from Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán's drug cartel have been seen showing off patrol cars stolen from police.

The Sinaloa Cartel members, from a faction still loyal to El Chapo's children following his arrest, appeared in a short video shared on Reddit.

In the clip, several police trucks can be seen with their lights flashing as cartel members speak using the cars' megaphone systems.

The Reddit user who posted it claimed it was filmed in the northern Mexican state of Sonora and that the cars were state police vehicles which were recently nabbed.

Los Cazadores reportedly stole a number of police vehicles in Sonora at the start of this month.

The group is an armed wing of the Sinaloa Cartel controlled by El Chapo's sons Ovidio Guzmán López, Iván Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar and Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar.

On May 2, Mexican journalist Arturo Luna Silva shared footage of some police cars to Twitter, writing: "This is how the armed group 'Los Cazadores' stole 4 State Police patrol cars in Altar, #Sonora , to show off and make fun of the authorities on social networks."

Local outlet La Voz Del Pueblo shared a similar clip and made the same claim on the same day.

They wrote: "After assassins from 'Los Cazadores' of 'Los Chapitos' of the Sinaloa Cartel stripped the State Police of 3 patrols; thus they showed off their power by walking the streets of #Altar, FOR HOURS, on Saturday night and the first minutes of this Sunday."

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According to Latest US News Hub, the drug traffickers used the police cars to covertly infiltrate regions controlled by rival cartels, specifically the municipalities of Caborca and Pitiquito.

In those regions the Sinaloa Cartel remains locked in a turf war with Los Zetas and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).

The state Public Security Secretariat announced at the time that a joint operation was launched with the Mexican Army and the National Guard to recover the vehicles.

The recent video of cartel hitmen playing around in the cars would suggest that the operation was unsuccessful.

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