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Well, we've Chapo's daughter, the Golfos, the Jaliscans handing out the basic goods to the populace. These baskets are called pantries. Today we've seen the news on the main page of New Familia Michocana, the Senoras of Morelos and now this:
Alleged members of organized crime, Gente Nuevo deliver pantries in Chihuahua
The alleged criminals also posed next to the packages and carrying heavy caliber weapons.
Alleged members of the armed group Gente Nueva, the operating arm of the Sinaloa Cartel, distributed pantries among the poor population in the municipality of Santa Bárbara, located in the south of the state of Chihuahua.
In photographs that circulated on social networks this morning, you can see several armed men distributing the pantries in different areas of the city, which has around 12 thousand inhabitants.
Containing products such as wheat and corn flour, oatmeal, coffee, sugar, soups, soap, and toilet paper, the bags have a sticker on Osama Bin Laden's face.
Some of the subjects who distributed the pantries were aboard a recent model white double-ram Ram pickup truck without circulation plates, which had a sticker attached that said Gente Nueva.
In one of the charts you can see at least five men who brought their faces covered and who wore camouflage clothing, helmets and bibs, and also carried assault rifles, the so-called goat horn.
For the time being, neither the authorities of this municipality nor the State Prosecutor's Office have issued any report in this regard.
[I BELIEVE SCICARIO 006 IS ON THE TAIL-GATE, BEING TRAINED IN MOSSAD CAMPS ON STRADDLING THE BED AND OSHA SAFETY OF A FALL HAZARD. HIS MASK IS N95 TO FILTER SMALL PARTICULATES, HIS GUN HAS BEEN MODIFIED BY SOUTHERN TEXAN DEER HUNTERS, HIS CLOTHES ARE KEVLAR FURNISHED BY 701]
Editor's Note: Vanda Felbab-Brown discusses the efforts by Mexican criminal groups to use the COVID-19 economic downturn and lockdowns to build up political capital by distributing handouts to local populations. This piece was originally published by La Reforma's Mexico Today under the headline “Mexican cartels and the COVID-19 pandemic.”
That Mexican criminal groups have been handing out assistance to local populations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping through Mexico has generated much attention. Among the Mexican criminal groups that have jumped on the COVID-19 “humanitarian aid” bandwagon are the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG), the Sinaloa Cartel, Los Viagras, the Gulf Cartel, and some of the Zeta splinter groups. Even President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has felt compelled to comment on the criminal groups’ role as aid providers, dangling again the possibility of amnesty for some of their members.
Mexican criminal groups are clearly using the COVID-19 economic downturn and lockdowns to build up political capital by distributing the handouts
But that should not be a shock to anyone. Around the world, criminal groups — from the Japanese Yakuza to the Sicilian mafia to drug lords in Myanmar and Colombia — have behaved that way for decades. The fact criminal groups do not necessarily seek to topple a government or have an ideology does not mean that they do not seek to build influence with populations and governments. Colombia’s Pablo Escobar would hand out food and throw fiestas; Sinaloa Cartel’s El Chapo gave money for churches and soccer stadiums; and Gulf Cartel’s Osiel Cárdenas Guillén distributed food to the people of southern Tamaulipas in the wake of Hurricane Ingrid in 2013. Militants with political agendas have also appropriated COVID-19 to demonstrate their governance – for example, the Afghan Taliban has handed out soap, preached social distancing and hygiene, and permitted medical teams to enter the territory it controls. The Lebanese Hezbollah, also lately in charge of the Lebanese health ministry, has set up response clinics.
But how much political capital Mexican criminal groups can gain from the current health crisis depends on several factors: Most importantly, it depends on how much better the Mexican government provides COVID-19 relief, if at all. It also depends on how Mexican criminal groups balance their provider side with their extortion and violence side. Falko Ernst has adroitly described how various criminal groups in Mexico continue to battle over territories and extort local populations, despite their gentler handout face. Will a particular group have the capacity to calibrate coercion with responsiveness to and pushback from local communities?
Under El Chapo, the Sinaloa Cartel excelled in such calibration. It is not clear that Los Chapitos will have the brains. The fact that CJNG joined the handout frenzy is interesting — a significant evolution of strategy on the part of the group that previously chose to rule solely through brutality. Shrewder criminal groups will ease the level of extortion and not overtax local communities.
But the “capacity to be wise” also depends on the criminal group’s income portfolio. Groups predominantly dependent on local extortion will struggle and may not be able to raise sufficient income to maintain operations as the economic downturn intensifies. If they squeeze local populations and businesses too hard, popular resentment against their rule will grow, including in the form of self-defense forces — inviting in turn attacks by rival criminal groups.
Criminal groups that rely on transactional illicit economies, such as drug trafficking, will be better off. COVID-19 thus reverses what became conventional wisdom among many analysts – namely, Mexican criminal groups that rely on extortion are better off than those who need to worry about long and complex logistical chains.
Yes, in the short-term COVID-19 and the U.S.-Mexico border shutdown have complicated trafficking into the United States. But overcoming the logistical challenges will prove easier than recovering extortion income during an economic recession that could easily last several years in Mexico.
Groups that participate not only in cocaine smuggling from abroad but also protect poppy fields will be best off. Law enforcement assets in Mexico will focus on COVID-19 related lockdowns; and during a significant economic downturn, AMLO will be loath to intensify poppy eradication and thus threaten with further economic immiseration the rural poor who are his core constituency — even under intense US pressure. Criminal groups sponsoring labor-intensive illicit economies like poppy cultivation will not only be able to make money but, critically, also to get political capital from providing jobs in the midst of rising unemployment and recession. And that political capital will be far greater than that coming from the food and soap handouts.
[MY ANALYSIS. MARRO AND PETROL THIEVES, WILL HAVE A HARD ROAD AHEAD, INCLUDING THE EXTORTIONISTS. THE GRANADOS, LA FAMILIA MICHOCANOS AND VIAGRAS WHO ARE STILL DEEP IN THE POPPY FIELDS WILL SEE MORE DEMAND, AS FENTANYL PRECURSORS ARE HARD TO COME BY, AND THE CARTEL'S ATTEMPTS TO FABRICATE FENTANYL OR SYNTHETICS, HAS SO FAR, FAILED. MARRO, CJNG, SINALOA, ETC. WILL BATTLE FOR LOGISTICS AND MARKET SHARE OF DRUGS, WITH MARRO BEING LATE TO THE SCENE, IT WILL ONLY GET NASTIER FOR CARTEL VS. CARTEL VIOLENCE. NOTE ABOVE THE PROFESSIONAL TAPING, LOGO AND MARKETING OF THE HAND-OUT. HAS TO BE EMMA, DAUGHTER OF NACHO CORONEL, FRANCHISING THE PRODUCT. RAN INTO A GUY IN STORE A MONTH AGO, WEARING THE CHAPO GEAR. I ASKED HIM WHERE HE GOT IT AND SAID ON-LINE. HE ASKED ME IF I LIKE IT, AND SAID NOT REALLY]
[THE GENEROSITY OF THE CARTELS KEEP COMING. HERE YOU GO, PART OF YOUR EXTORTION MONEY BACK, A LITTLE BLOOD FOR THE RELATIVE I MURDERED, A REMEMBRANCE OF YOUR FAMILY MEMBER THAT I BUTCHERED, A COP THAT WORKED THE WRONG SIDE OF THE STREET, ETC. DOES IT GET ANY SICKER THAN THIS, BUT THAT'S POLITICS. NOW CJNG]
Presumed members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) disbursed basic food items and other necessities to poor residents of Manzanillo, Colima, over the weekend.
The armed men claimed to be members of the CJNG, the extremely violent drug cartel led by Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera. The packages they delivered to residents bore the cartel’s initials and other identifying images.
“What’s up, our people? We’re here handing out food and supplies to those in need in [the community of] Tapeixtle, in Manzanillo, Colima, on behalf of El Mencho,” says one masked man in a video posted to social media. The speaker and other masked men can be seen driving in a pickup truck holding firearms and holding packages of supplies on their laps.
In another video a man wearing a face mask hands over one of the packages emblazoned with the cartel’s logos, as well as El Mencho’s other nickname, El señor de los gallos (lord of the cocks).
He states that the food and supplies are “from El señor de los gallos, from Guadalajara, who helps his community due to the crisis they are experiencing, so you all know that we’re supporting the people.”
Calling the cartel “the four-letter company,” the masked man assured needy citizens that the drug kingpin is “with them.”
Upon receiving the products, one woman reportedly said the government had forgotten about them.
There have been stories recently of armed men believed to belong to various criminal gangs delivering food and supplies to those in need in states like Morelos, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Jalisco, Tamaulipas and Veracruz.
Lmafo at 006 comment 😂
The OBL photo sticks out as odd. Haven’t we seen that on confiscated loads?
My tasteless and terrible joke...
Which group does CDS send out to pass out pantries?
Los Anthrax 🤷♂️
Mica, thanks for reading the 006 quote, sometimes I feel my humor falls on deaf ears
On OBL, yes we have. More importantly is the chant of Osama during the World Cup in Mexico from the stands. That really bothered me, like the Mexican populace were against us after 2011. Really didn't understand where that hate came from.
Los Anthrax? probably Gente Nueva. Remember 006 is press reporter for Sinolaese. Best wishes -
CJNG continues to distribute pantries like it is a competition. they have distributed in 5 states.
Since 2015 they have robbed trains and trucks transporting food, household goods and auto parts then selling them to vendors.
maybe that is where their supply came from
The way I see it.... the more people that don't like me, the less people I have to please
[WE'VE HAD OSAMA LOGOS, GOLFOS, ETC. NOW WE RAMP IT UP. DRONES, CORRIDO MUSIC, ETC. TO HAND OUT PANTRIES PARTY STYLE. CJNG GOES HOLLYWOOD]
CJNG ‘promotes’ your donations with audiovisual material
the Editorial Office | Friday, May 01, 2020 8:19 PM
Audiovisual productions with the use of drones, music from corridos and lines of people eager for support in times of pandemic, have abounded on social networks since this week alleged members of the Jalisco Nueva Generación cartel left with trucks full of pantries for deliveries they have made in colonias Popular both in the Guadalajara metropolitan area and in other municipalities in southern Jalisco.
A video that began to circulate on April 29 recorded by one of those who received pantries in Tonalá, captures when a patrol passes behind the man who distributes the packages.
In another, carried out outside the municipal offices of the Zapopan government in the Constitución neighborhood, several individuals deliver pantries carrying high-powered rifles.
In Tecalitlán, a municipality in the south of the state where in 2018 three Italians were allegedly handed over by local police to a member of the cartel and since then their whereabouts are unknown, the production includes drone shots and even headlines with the place and date in which the Facts: April 29.
In Tuxpan, also to the south of Jalisco in the region where the CJNG has its stronghold, there is another massive cast, with lines of people, in broad daylight just like in Tecalitlán and with a musical background corrido.
The state government has not given a position on these distributions that the criminal group seems to be attributed, but on May 1 it announced that a "support program" will be carried out in conjunction with the Jaliscienses residing in the United States. From pantries to the vulnerable population to 1x1, that is, for each pantry that migrant countrymen donate to their communities of origin, the state government will put another one, although these actions will begin until May 4.
[ALRIGHT, AMLO WANTS REMITTANCES IN ORDER TO OFFER HELP. CJNG LIKEWISE, WE EXTORT YOU, WE KIDNAP YOU, WE STEAL FROM YOUR SUPERMARKETS, WE SELL YOUR KIDS OR YOUR RELATIVES, BUT IN EXCHANGE, YOU GET A SHOW, AND A BAG OF GOODIES. GOD BLESS MENCHO AND HIS CREW! THEY DO NOT DO ANYTHING FOR THEIRSELVES ONLY FOR THE COMMON GOOD]
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Crazy how these guys are now competing against one another via “humanitarian” means. If only they would stick to this, and find more ways to “gain support” by “philanthropy”.
Anything to stem the violence, as I dare not say end it, because we are far from that happening...
This all would be a first step however. Next, pacts amongst the most warring of groups. Finally, a complete dissemination from the public eye, and back to working completely in the shadows.
Until then, their primary MO is still just running themselves into the ground and shortening the lifespan of their dynasties. All thanks to their terroristic mayhem and overall rape of their home country.
Pretty sure the current pandemic will help speed up their demise as well.
It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives.
You said it all nicely in a nutshell in those last 3 paragraphs El Bujo. I wish they would be more incognito.
The ones distributing the supplies with the Bin Laden logo are LOS TALIBANES
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