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Mexican job seekers answering employment postings on Facebook tricked into cartel training camps

July 22, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican job seekers answering employment postings on Facebook tricked into cartel training camps

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Mexican law enforcement officials say job seekers responding to online advertisements of employment on Facebook were unknowingly duped into participating in cartel training camps run by the ruthless New Generation Cartel (CJNG) in the western state of Jalisco.

The Jalisco Attorney General Eduardo Almaguer Ramirez said at a press conference on Friday that authorities uncovered two cartel training camps where 40 people remained against their will after unknowingly being tricked by online job advertisements.

According to Almaguer, authorities had received six reports of missing persons filed by the victim’s families since early June.

The AG said investigators became suspicious after all of the missing victims told relatives they were pursuing opportunities of employment in the town of Tala, located about an hour west of the state capital of Guadalajara.

Unsuspecting job seekers were taken to a camp and forced to build primitive shelter using wood and branches (Photo Jalisco AG)

The official said authorities discovered 50 to 60 heavily armed individuals overseeing the training of 40 recruits at one camp.

Authorities found a second camp in the nearby town of Ameca.

Security forces found paintball guns to practice shooting at both camps.

The Attorney General said members of the CJNG posted online job advertisements on Facebook for municipal police, private security guards, survey takers, and bodyguards to lure the unsuspecting victims.

Authorities discovered human remains presumed to be the victims who attempted to escape the camps (Jalisco AG)

When job seekers arrived, cartel operatives transported them to a training camp, where they were forced to build their own primitive shelters and undergo training.

Almaguer refused to release further details of the operation including how many suspects were detained but did confirm that at least one person was rescued from the camps.

However, Proceso reported that authorities had discovered human skeletal remains possibly belonging to several victims who likely had attempted to escape.

Officials said investigators continue to search for additional remains and forensics experts are working to determine the identity of the victims and how they died.

Forensics investigators continue to search the grounds for human remains (Jalisco AG)

Mexican officials said operations remain ongoing in the search for additional suspects.

In a few short years, the CJNG has grown to become Mexico’s most feared and powerful drug trafficking organization, surpassing the rival Sinaloa Cartel, who have weakened considerably since the arrest and extradition of the group’s top boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

The group’s leader Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes also known as “El Mencho” has become the most wanted fugitive sought after by the Mexican and U.S. governments.

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