Story By: Jonathan Macias, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
This 18-year-old who was reported missing two weeks ago in Mexican tourist hot spot Cancun has now appeared in a video surrounded by masked gunmen confessing to being a cartel drug dealer.
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 worked for the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG).
The teenager starts explaining he was kidnapped when he left the “Distrito Cavana” bar in the city of Cancun in Quintana Roo state in the Yucatan Peninsula in southwest Mexico.
According to Gonzalez, there were some problems paying the bill in the bar and he left the establishment with another friend. Then when he was on his way home in a taxi, the vehicle was stopped and he was kidnapped.
The identity of his captors is still unknown and it is not revealed in the video.
Gomez says in the video: “I’m in this for selling drugs for the Jalisco Cartel. I am supplied by Mr Carlos Luna, who is my employer, I would meet him every two weeks on the Cancun-Playa del Carmen road.”
He added: “The business started about six months ago with my dad and the contact was made thanks to his girlfriend, whose name is Adriana.”
The video finishes with Gonzalez repeating: “So this is what happened to me for working for the Jalisco Cartel.”
The kidnapped teenager’s location is still unknown and there have not been reports of other contact attempts.
According to local authorities, the CJNG, headed by Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, alias “El Mencho”, has expanded its control over other tourist areas in the Yucatan Peninsula such as Playa del Carmen, Cozumel and Isla Mujeres since 2016.
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