Clowns gun down Mexican drug capo

AFP-JIJI

The eldest brother of Mexico’s once-powerful Arellano Felix drug cartel family was killed by gunmen dressed as clowns at a children’s party, authorities said Saturday.

Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix, 63, was gunned down Friday during a family event in Cabo San Lucas, a tourist resort in the Baja California Peninsula.

Authorities close to the case said the gunmen were disguised as clowns at the party in the luxurious Casa Oceano tourist residence.

The Arellano Felix brothers once dominated drug-trafficking between Mexico and California through their brutal Tijuana cartel, inspiring characters in the Steven Soderbergh movie “Traffic.” Most brothers have been either killed or arrested, leaving the cartel in tatters while rivals rose in prominence.