Four suspected members of a deadly Mexican cartel have been arrested after they were spotted handing out aid to the poor.
The four suspected members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) were arrested on Independencia Avenue in the city of Veracruz in the eastern Mexican state of the same name.
According to reports, the four suspects were handing out aid to poor people during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Local media said that Naval and National Guard officers were in the area when they spotted around 400 people receiving provisions with the CJNG logo.
The suspects, identified as Juan Carlos, Celia, Salvador and Saul Elui, three men and a woman, reportedly opened fire on the officers when they were spotted.
The four suspects were eventually apprehended and the police seized four vehicles, a gun and a knife, according to local media.
In a later raid at a property in the town of Metlac Hernandez, a Ford Edge SUV was reportedly seized by the authorities along with four weapons, four tactical waistcoats and ammunition.
According to local media, the CJNG has been donating provisions to poor people since the COVID-19 lockdown began, something which has been criticised by the Mexican government.
In April, Alejandrina Guzman, daughter of notorious drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, reportedly donated provisions in the city of Guadalajara that were branded with her father’s face.
According to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University, Mexico has registered 49,219 cases of COVID-19 and 5,177 related deaths.
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