Video shows scores of Mexican cartel members flaunting military-grade weapons, armored trucks, cheering "El Mencho"

by Adam Ford · Jul 18th, 2020 2:55 pm

Last Updated Jul 20th, 2020 at 8:34 pm

A viral video out of Mexico shows a veritable army of uniformed drug cartel members standing beside a long line of armored vehicles which have been outfitted for war, the men flaunting military-grade weaponry as they cheer Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes — the leader of the brutal Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) who is known as "El Mencho."


The men in the video, which appear to number over 100, are wearing military uniforms and body armor and brandishing machine guns. One man in the video unleashes a burst of automatic gunfire into the air.

The vehicles the cartel soldiers are standing by are mostly expensive, late-model trucks, outfitted with armor and military paint jobs and bearing the drug cartel's crest, some with large-caliber top-mounted guns with turrets, and portholes around the vehicles from which to shoot from inside.

Many of the men in the video shout "El Mencho!" or "people of Mencho!" referring to the leader of the violent and powerful cartel.

Falko Ernst, a senior analyst in Mexico at the Crisis Group, an international conflict-prevention think-tank, said that the "paint jobs, uniforms, vehicles" in the video are all "exceedingly impeccable" and "building blocks of a finely orchestrated production."

El Mencho is the most-wanted criminal in Mexico and one of the most-wanted in the U.S. Both governments are offering tens of millions of dollars for information that leads to his arrest.

? Just weeks ago, Mexico City's secretary of public security, Omar Garcia Harfuch, was injured in an ambush by heavily armed CJNG gunmen in his upscale community. A woman and two members of Harfuch's security detail were killed.


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