Gunmen dressed as clowns have shot dead one of Mexico’s most powerful former drug lords while he was attending a children’s party.
Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix, 63, was at the party during family celebrations in Cabo San Lucas, a major tourist resort in the Baja California peninsula of Mexico.
Gunmen dressed in costumes which included a wig and a round red nose entered the party which was being held in the luxurious Casa Oceano tourist area.
Arellano Felix was hit at point blank range
“by two bullets, one in the thorax and one in the head,”
says state special investigations prosecutor Isai Arias
The “clowns” then fled the crime scene and a massive police operation failed to find them.
Farncisco Rafael was the oldest of seven Arellano Felix brothers, who once dominated drug trafficking between Mexico and California through their brutal cartel, inspiring characters in the Steven Soderbergh film, “Traffic.”
The Tijuana cartel was one of Mexico’s three largest drug outfits, but most of the brothers have been either killed or arrested, leaving rival groups to take over the trade.