Notorious Drug Trafficker Gunned Down in Los Angeles

( – Shots rang out on Thanksgiving morning in an industrial area near Compton, California, leaving two people dead and another injured. One of the targets was a notorious drug trafficker who had affiliations with a Mexican cartel. Deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, along with other first responders, discovered the three after reports of the shooting came in at around 8:30 a.m.

ABC 7 broke the news before authorities had a chance to identify the victims, stating only that police recovered the bodies of two men, originally believed to be between 20 and 30 years old, and a third person, who was in stable condition at a local hospital. A nearby business owner stated that the area, which is filled with shipping containers, forklifts, warehouses, and pallet storage, was a common party destination, noting that another company rented out the space for events.

Authorities identified one of the victims as 39-year-old Eduardo Escobedo, known on the street as El Mago — The Magician. He had known ties to the Sinaloa cartel and had worked for the son of trafficking kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The second murder victim was 47-year-old Guillermo De Los Angeles Jr. Police haven’t disclosed the identity of the third individual, who survived the assault.

Escobedo served four years and nine months in a US federal prison for his part in a conspiracy to sell over 10,000 kilos of marijuana and launder the profits by purchasing expensive cars, which he had shipped down to Mexico.

He had also worked closely with Ivan Archivaldo Guzman Salazar, El Chapo’s eldest son. Escobedo was also believed to be behind the 2008 hit on a rival drug trafficker, although police were never able to connect him to the crime. Escobedo had reportedly shown an effort to turn his life around, opening a chain of food trucks and restaurants, although evidence suggested that he still ran with his old crowd until his untimely end.

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