Narco cell that recruits via Facebook, the most bloodthirsty

The prosecutors were able to establish that this cell is also engaged in fuel theft
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The cell that was in charge of the training camps in Tala and deceitfully recruited new hit men, forcing them to join the ranks of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) under the threat of killing them and their families, is described as the most bloodthirsty of the criminal groups by the Jalisco's Attorney General's Office. It is also credited with the ambush and murder of four soldiers in May 2014 in Huachingo.

During the last two weeks, four people reported missing in June and four others who had been held captive for a month and forced to train in the use of guns and combat and defense tactics were found with the operations deployed in the area by the prosecution and the army.

Yesterday, the state prosecutor, Eduardo Almaguer, recalled that the investigation began last June after the disappearance of six people who attended alleged job ads on Facebook, in which jobs were offered to join a private security company. In all six cases, the victims assured that they would receive training in Tala and MXN$4 thousand per week.

To force them to join the organization, the captives were tortured and some even had to witness the murder of others. After the operations, 16 cartel members were arrested, including a Honduran named Samuel "N," who allegedly was in charge of dismembering those who were not part of the CJNG, and then incinerating them.

The prosecutors were able to establish that this cell, which has allegedly operated in the region for a decade, is also engaged in fuel theft. Its structure is composed of a leader, an accountant, escorts of the leader and the huachicoleros, who have their own network of salesmen: delegates in several municipalities, who are responsible for selling drugs, and a network of whistleblowers who provide information.

The profiles of persons recruited by force correspond to young people between 20 and 25 years of age; all are from the municipalities of Tonalá, Tlaquepaque, and Guadalajara. Among the detainees is also a former police officer from Tlaquepaque and one of the young people reported missing, who decided to join the cartel. The capture of members of this cell, said the prosecutor, could lead to the elucidation of more disappearances in the area.

The prosecutors suspect that these camps could be the Cartel's center of recruiting and training throughout the state.


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