The heads of Mexico State’s public security department are under investigation for allegedly meeting with the notorious Jalisco New Generation Cartel to discuss turning a blind eye to their activities.
According to a report by the intelligence department in the central Mexican state of Mexico, the heads of public security in Amacameca, Tultitlan, Cuautitlan Izcalli, Ecatepec and Zumpango staged meetings with members of the criminal group Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).
The alleged meetings are believed to have been about allowing the cartel to operate unhindered in the metropolitan area of Valley of Mexico.
Mexico State security secretary Maribel Cervantes confirmed the report but did not state how many suspects are involved or whether the alleged criminal group was the CJNG.
She said the information is still being reviewed by the state’s attorney general’s office and intelligence department.
Cervantes added that some suspects had earlier failed intelligence trust checks and had been dismissed.
The Jalisco New Generation Cartel, founded in 2009, is a Mexican criminal group headed by one of the country’s most-wanted drug lords, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, known as ‘El Mencho’.
The group has recently posted a series of menacing videos of them wearing clown masks and brandishing handguns and an AK-47 while carrying out patrols close to the US border.
Last week, an 18-year-old who was reported missing in Mexican tourist hot spot Cancun appeared in a video in which he confesses he works for the CJNG.
The footage shows Maximiliano Gonzalez on his knees surrounded by six men with their faces covered pointing at him with guns and he confesses he works for the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG).
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