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Video surfaces showing presumed hitmen of Mexico’s New Generation cartel showing off firepower

August 1, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Video surfaces showing presumed hitmen of Mexico’s New Generation cartel showing off firepower

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A video circulating on social media outlets shows purported hitmen with the hyper-violent Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) boasting the firepower and logistical capabilities used by the group to spread fear and terror across Mexico.

Now considered by the Mexican federal authorities as the most powerful criminal group operating south of the border, the video shows a caravan of 20 vehicles with dozens heavily armed operatives some wearing black shirts with the acronym CJNG embroidered on them.

Reports indicate the footage was taken on a road in Sierra de Nayarit, a region in Jalisco nestled between the Western Sierra Madre Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

The criminal group’s brazen display of strength surfaced in the wake of the recent capture of a senior CJNG capo, who was detained for the disappearances of three Italian nationals.

Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office announced Monday the arrest of Jose Guadalupe Rodriguez Castillo also known as “El 15” in connection with the disappearances of 60-year-old Raffaele Russo, his 25-year-old son Antonio Russo and 29-year-old nephew Vincenzo Cimmino.

The three natives of Naples, Italy were last seen on January 31st in the municipality of Tecalitlán, Jalisco.

The AG’s office said, “El 15” allegedly paid corrupt police officers in Tecalitlán to turn over the Italian men to members of the CJNG.

The 2018 murder rate in Mexico is on course to surpass last year’s total, which was the deadliest year on record.

Jose Guadalupe Rodriguez Castillo alias “El 15”

Security officials have made a direct correlation between the record levels of violence in Mexico with the CJNG’s rapid ascension to the top of the narco world’s hierarchy coupled with the declining power of the Sinaloa Federation Cartel.

The CJNG were first formed as a paramilitary wing of the Sinaloa Cartel formerly led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to battle the growing threat of the Zetas Cartel.

However, in 2010, the group splintered off from their Sinaloa brethren to form their own independent criminal syndicate, utilizing acts of violence mixed with military tactics to launch attacks against their rivals and government forces to strengthen their grip over Mexico’s Tiera Caliente region.

The New Generation Cartel have also formed alliances with localized regional groups to launch systematic hostile takeovers in territories traditionally controlled by rival drug cartels.

The CJNG’s conquest further intensified with “El Chapo’s” 2016 arrest and eventual extradition to the U.S.

As a result, the group now challenges the Sinaloa Cartel now led by Guzman’s longtime partner Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada for control of the Mexican drug trade.

According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, the New Generation Cartel now operates across more geographical territories than the Sinaloa criminal organization.

Additionally, the group’s leader Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, better known as “El Mencho” is now the most sought-after criminal in Mexico and has replaced “El Chapo” at the top of the DEA’s most wanted list of fugitives.

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