Members of Mexico’s most savage cartel have reportedly started eating their enemies alive in a terrifying threat to their rivals.
The Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), led by Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera Cervantes, has become one of the most dominant gangs in the country and operates in at least 35 states across Mexico and Puerto Rico.
El Mencho’s goons regularly carry out sickening acts of violence against rival cartels, police and members of the public to consolidate their territory.
Footage recently emerged of CJNG members torturing two men in the municipality of Silao, Guanajuato, central Mexico, Libertad bajo Palabra reports.
The victims were supposedly dismembered before being “eaten alive”.
In the video, the CJNG soldiers reportedly warned rivals of a similar fate.
In recent years, the cartel has downed an army helicopter with a rocket-propelled grenade, killed dozens of state officials, and has even been known to hang the bodies of its victims from bridges to intimidate its rivals.
Last October, CJNG hitmen executed three alleged drug traffickers from the Sinaloa Cartel, formerly led by El Chapo until his extradition and imprisonment in the US in 2019.
The victims are believed to have operated in the north-central Mexican state of Zacatecas, US newspaper La Opinion reported.
They claimed to be “chapulines”, criminals who switch allegiances between different gangs.
A raft of different cartels are fighting for control of Zacatecas, which offers vital trafficking routes towards the US border.
Meanwhile, authorities may be closer to capturing CJNG leader El Mencho after extraditing one of his close allies.
Earlier this month, the country’s Government sent Juan Padilla Vizcarra – an alleged high-ranking member of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) – to the US to face trial.
Vizcarra, known as “El Cherri”, was taken to Mexico City International Airport and flown to Los Angeles, California.
El Cherri, who was initially captured in 2016, has been accused of “drug trafficking and money laundering” for the CJNG.
Robert Almonte, a former US federal marshal who spent 25 years in El Paso’s Police Department tackling narcotics, believes it may prove a significant blow to leader Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, El Mencho.
He told the Daily Star: “His extradition has the potential to bring authorities in Mexico closer to apprehending El Mencho.
“Vizcarra may provide some potentially damaging information in exchange for leniency, to include information that would assist the authorities in locating El Mencho.”