Mexican authorities have been noticeably absent or inactive as presumed drug traffickers continue to distribute basic food items and supplies to poor citizens while openly proclaiming their gang affiliations and carrying automatic rifles in several municipalities in Jalisco.
Videos posted to social media during the week showed armed men claiming to belong to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) handing out bags of supplies to grateful residents. In none of the videos are any of the men approached by police or other authorities regarding the open carrying of illegal weapons.
Run by notorious gang leader Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera, the CJNG is one of the most violent criminal organizations in Mexico, wreaking havoc both in and outside of Jalisco in recent years at it moves to expand its territory.
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