Jalisco Cartel – The Jalisco drug cartel is now considered the most powerful drug organization in Mexico. The cartel, whose name is Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG), is led by Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, alias El Mencho. The organization recruits new recruits in very unusual ways.
In a few years, Mexico’s CJNG has grown into the country’s most important and violent cartel. This was made possible by the weakening of rival cartels, such as Los Zetas. CJNG also uses the power vacuum created within the Sinaloa cartel, after the arrest of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, better known as El Chapo.
The CJNG first publicly spoke in 2011 when the cartel killed 35 innocent people. According to the organization, the victims were members of the rival Los Zetas cartel, but later it turned out that only a few of the victims were even connected to Los Zetas. The victims were shot and killed during a major action on a motorway in Veracruz. It was the start of an extremely violent conflict, with hundreds and hundreds of victims. During these times people were tortured and beheaded daily.
The Jalisco cartel was also regularly in conflict with the Mexican police and security forces. For example, police believes members of the Jalisco cartel are responsible for taking down a helicopter owned by the Mexican army back in 2015.
Recently, it has been found that CJNG tries to recruit new members by force. They do that through, among other things, posting fake vacancies on Facebook. After men had responded to vacancies as security/bodyguards, but also for police officers and even surveyors, they were forced to participate in training camps. The candidates were forced to training facilities near the city of Tala. They couldn’t leave there once they arrived and were taught various fighting techniques, including firearms. Apparently 40 applicants were guarded by 50 criminals at a time.
Brought to light
The intention of the cartel was brought to light when one of the candidates was able to escape. Public Prosecutor Eduardo Almaguer Ramírez announced in a press conference last month that a training camp was discover on the 21st of July. Later that month, another four training facilities were discovered and closed. Human remains were found in one of the camps. Justice also investigates the role of the police in the area. They find it surprising that the training facilities were not discovered before because they were not hidden very well.
Not the first time
It is not the first time the CJNG uses strange methods for recruiting new members. Earlier, the cartel had set up a fake security company. Employers were then searched through spreading flyers. These applicants also had to work for the cartel after they were forced to follow a paramilitary training.
Next week we bring you a profile of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, the leader of the Jalisco cartel.