During the first week of October three females related to “El Mayo” were abducted as they were boarding a flight at the International Airport of Tijuana “Abelardo L. Rodríguez" (further details here on Borderland Beat).
Today, a video surfaced on YouTube showing two of the abducted females being interrogated by their captors. With desperation in her voice, María Isabel Gutiérrez Zambada begged her uncle Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada to save the life of her daughter, herself and her mother.
The 5 minute long video shows María Isabel Gutiérrez Zambada along with her daughter Sarita (who is still wearing her college uniform) with armed men in masks who are pointing large guns at them. There are several assault rifles displayed in the background.
The woman and her daughter appear to be at a safe house, they sit on the floor and seem depressed and desperate at the apparent lack of support they have received from the Zamabada family.
In the video they begin to break down and cry, begging "El Mayo" Zambada to save them and make sure that they leave the safe house alive.
María Isabel, confessed to being Zambada's niece and expresses the opinion that no innocent people should have to pay for her uncle's mistakes.
She kept repeating that her uncle had spoken with the kidnappers and she said that "El Mayo" had hung up the phone on her mother (his sister) when she had called him to open negotiations for their release.
“Uncle, if we are important to you as family, I beg you, please, for the life of my daughter, that you respond to the petitions of these people, who up until this moment have acted like gentlemen, something I haven't seen from my family. They (Zambada and his people) are responsible for the terrible things that have been done with or without my uncles' knowledge or consent, they have even cut communications with my mother," says the niece of El Mayo.
The demeanor of the women shows the very real fear they have at the possibility of ending up dead or worse, tortured like many other people who have become casualties of the war between the narcotraffickers.
The video suggests that the motives for the abduction were not monetary, although María Isabel is making these statements at gunpoint and there is no way to verify that the kidnappers haven't asked for money off camera.
“I don't think these people are asking for anything that you can't give them, only the release of several innocent women and children. From what these people have shown me, the people responsible for all the abuse and injustice are my uncle Mayo and his compadre "El Chapo" Guzman. I don't think the family is ever guilty of anything. Of all the terrible things they (Mayo and Chapo) do, this is the worst (kidnap family members)," said the woman, who was accompanied by her daughter Sarita.
"I am completely sure that these people have located all the wives and women of my uncle and his sons who are in and out of the country. These people have shown me proof that they have they ability to find them, and that they also have respected the family and that of his compadre, Chapo until now," said María Isabel. The voice off camera goes on to mention several women by name and she confirms that they have proved to her that they have solid intelligence on the whereabouts of these people related to the two capos.
“Work your problems out among yourselves, among men. Don't run away and respect the family,"
"Don't leave us by ourselves, the price they're asking is nothing unjust," she said through tears.
"Uncle, please I beg you for the lives of my mother and my daughter."