The leader of one of Mexico’s most violent cartels has threatened another gang and offers more money to corrupt police officers in a twisted “public relations” video.
The video shows the powerful Jalisco New Generation Cartel (Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion-CJNG), threatening another criminal group, the Tepalcatepec Cartel.
In the clip, a man claiming to be the notorious criminal and CJNG boss Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, aka “El Mencho”, shows off with a heavily armed gang.
The mobsters wear camouflage gear and carry automatic weapons and one man crouching at the front appears to be gripping a rocket launcher.
El Mencho threatens his rivals from the Tepalcatepec Cartel, who are allegedly led by Juan Jose Farias, aka “El Abuelo” (The Grandfather), as well as offering to pay “double” to corrupt police officers.
He says: “People of Tepalcatepec, I am Mencho.
“I want to clarify to you that my war is against ‘Abuelo’, ‘Tilin’, ‘Moi Parra’ and ‘Chelo Polvata’, and with those who raise weapons against my people.
“I ask all innocent people not to leave their houses, we do not want to affect you, you know very well that I like to support the people, I always look out for their wellbeing.”
Violence in Mexico keeps escalating and the area known as Tierra Caliente, in the west of the country, is strategically important for drug trafficking.
As a result the area, including the states of Jalisco and Michoacan, is a battleground for various cartels and criminal groups that dispute the area.
The problem of cartels in Mexico is further complicated by the high degree of corruption of some members of the Mexican police.
In the video, the man claiming to be El Mencho says: “You, National Guard of Tepalcatepec, the payroll that ‘El Abuelo’ gives you, I’ll give you twice as much, and without making you fight like ‘El Abuelo’ does.
“I only want you to not hinder me when my people go to fight.”
In May last year, the Mexican government recognised that there were 37 drug cartels or criminal groups related to drug trafficking operating in the country.
The Secretariado Ejecutivo del Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Publica (Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System) reports that 17,943 intentional homicides were committed in Mexico between January and June 2020.
Between January and March, there was an increase in murders of 13.5% compared to the same period last year.
Covid-19 restrictions and the lack of State Security Forces due to the pandemic have facilitated the sharp increase in violent crime.
Source Daily Star – World News