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Drug cartels have infiltrated Uber for drug trafficking in Mexican border state

July 22, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
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The newfound popularity of Uber in the border states and tourist hotspots in Mexico has become a valuable option for Mexican cartels looking to transport drugs and cartel members without attracting attention.

Drug trafficking organizations like the Gulf Cartel and the Los Zetas started using cabs to sell drugs and work as scouts in Nuevo León. State officials launched several investigations into Uber drivers that have been connected to organized crime; including one man who was tortured and shot, while another two victims were beheaded.

As JammedUp News previously reported, Mexican authorities busted two senior Gulf Cartel commanders posing as Uber drivers in Monterrey back in May.

Federal Police arrested  Roberto Carlos Velázquez, alias “El Garo” or “Commander 25,” and Luis Omar Velazquez Guevara, as they drove in a Toyota Camry fitted with Uber tags and credentials on the Santa Rosa Highway in the Los Fresnos colony of Apodaca.

Two senior Gulf Cartel figures who were arrested in Nuevo Leon, posed as Uber drivers to evade detection

At the time of their arrest, both men maintained they were Uber drivers, not drug traffickers.

However, police found the men in possession of a significant amount of cocaine and several handguns.

In addition, last month, Mexican authorities arrested ten people for allegedly running a drug distribution ring disguised as UberEats delivery guys in some of Mexico City’s most affluent neighborhoods.

Jorge Longoria, the leader of the Nuevo Leon transportation agency, verified that cartels crime were utilizing fake Uber cars.

“There is a rising number of thefts, kidnappings, robberies where the actors identify as Uber drivers,” Longoria stated during a press conference. No additional details were given about the investigations.

Narco message signed by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel threatens Uber drivers in the resort city of Cancun

While officials in Nuevo Leon continue looking into Uber drivers–in Cancun, a narco-banner, signed by Cartel Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), issued a death threat against the company in that area.

“We are informing citizens that we will start the cleanup of Uber as well as those who cooperate with this service. We are going after those dog drivers, don’t get killed heads will roll. First and last warning!!! CJNG”

According to Breitbart Texas, authorities in Quintana Roo have claimed the message was from regular taxi drivers trying to intimidate their rivals.

However, Quintana Roo has seen an increase in shootouts, executions, and cartel banners throughout the state.

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