How the CJNG acquired weapons online: the method of the “Mencho” men

The Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel is considered the third most dangerous criminal group in the world (Photo: Jovany Pérez Silva / Infobae México)
The Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel is considered the third most dangerous criminal group in the world (Photo: Jovany Pérez Silva / Infobae México)

Carlos Almada Castrillo, who died in his cell in March 2020, obtained the first weapons online for the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) with his mom’s credit card, but it amounted to smuggling night vision goggles and at least 300 more purchases of military equipment.

So he confessed Ismael Almada the same month his brother was found dead in Big bridge, Jalisco, suspiciously for causes of suicide. According to an investigation by Vice News, the operations would have been for the benefit of the men of Hugo Gonzalo Mendoza Gaytán, alias the just y/o King Toad. This capo is considered as the main lieutenant of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, the Mencho, leader of CJNG.

At the beginning, Almada Castrillo ordered online through eBay for your technology-focused security business spyware and surveillance. It soon switched to PayPal to hide the trace of their purchases, published the American portal.

According to the report signed by Nathaniel Janowitz, these activities show how a generation of young people had joined the ranks of the four-letter cartel, especially with Rubén Oseguera González, son of Mencho which has been processed since February 2020 in the US.

A few weeks ago, CJNG hitmen were arrested in Nayarit with an RPG-7 (Photo: Twitter / @ waltrjramos)
A few weeks ago, CJNG hitmen were arrested in Nayarit with an RPG-7 (Photo: Twitter / @ waltrjramos)

Carlos Almada He was barely 15 when he started working with the transnational crime group and progressed to become a key member in Guadalajara. During his criminal career he operated the transfer of cocaine shipments from Colombia to Jalisco, while buying weapons and tactical equipment online.

The products arrived at the address of the just, identified as heir to the Mencho after the extradition of Menchito. On March 31, the Mexican Financial Intelligence Unit froze the accounts of three partners of Mendoza Gaytán, who was sanctioned by the Treasury Department in 2019 for his operations as head of the CJNG.

Already in December 2020, the Mexican media Millennium he had spread part of this story. From the investigations that required collaboration of eBay and Google, to the detail of the acquisitions.

For instance, the link of up to 50 different accounts with the Almada Castrillo brothers, who used addresses in Los Angeles and Jalisco. As well as the purchase of laser sights, armored vests, safety respirators, ammunition bags, accessories for weapons and grenade launchers.

El Sapo is considered heir to the criminal empire of Mencho (Photo art: Steve Allen / Infobae)
El Sapo is considered heir to the criminal empire of Mencho (Photo art: Steve Allen / Infobae)

When Carlos Almada was arrested on September 28, 2019, they were 22 assault rifles seized, a couple of grenade launchers and tactical gear, as well as packets of cocaine and methamphetamine. As an operator for Oseguera Cervantes, he was subject to extradition.

After staying in Puente Grande, a prison dominated by the CJNG, he died strangely and his brother sensed that the Mencho he was looking to silence whoever could betray the cartel; hence Ismael approached the US authorities, confessed and was extradited as soon as possible, a year ago. Now your case is hidden in court records.

The CJNG is considered as third most dangerous criminal group in the world, according to US authorities. Part of that power has been consolidated by its ability to fire, which have used in clashes with the Armed Forces, boasted by social networks or has it been confiscated by the Attorney General of the Republic.

Among those weapons observed to the men of the Mencho stand out M-60 belt machine guns, Barret rifles, grenade launchers, AR-15 submachine guns, Soviet RPG-7, M-16, AK-47 rocket launcher, as well as 9 mm and 45 caliber squad type pistols.

The so-called Elite Group has sent various messages carrying weapons and military-style tactical equipment (Photo: Screenshot)
The so-called Elite Group has sent various messages carrying weapons and military-style tactical equipment (Photo: Screenshot)

In addition to this, the forces led by Oseguera Cervantes have been equipped with ballistic vests, helmets, telecommunications inhibitors, as well as vehicles modified for their artisanal armor and all-terrain, of the type racer.

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