A horrifying video captured the moment members of the vicious Mexican cartel that is being linked to last week’s abduction of four Americans, including two who were murdered, lined up four purported drug dealers and two buyers.
The footage surfaced in late February and shows a member of the Gulf Cartel’s Scorpion Group interrogating the six individuals.
The heavily armed masked narco could be seen carrying a military rifle strapped across his chest and questioning the four men and two men, who had been busted in a crystal methamphetamine buy and sale along the northeast border region in Matamoros, Tamaulipas.
The dealers, two men and two women, appear in the video kneeling beside each other with their hands tied behind their backs with a bevy of members of the feared cartel armed wing standing behind them.
The buyers, both men, knelt at the end of the row.
A member of the Gulf Cartel’s Scorpion Group interrogates six individuals who were reportedly involved in the sale and purchase of crystal meth in Matamoros, Mexico. The dealers, two men and two women, and the buyers, two men, were questioned on a video that was shared online prior to their execution. It’s unknown if they were killed or freed
Two men (left and right) suspected of selling drugs are questioned by a member of Scorpion Group, an armed wing of the notorious Gulf Cartel. The criminal organization has a strong presence in the northeastern Mexico border city of Matamoros
Each of the dealers confessed to selling crystal meth. One of them, a 56-year-old man, revealed that he had gotten his drug supply and brought it from Monterrey, the capital of the nearby northeastern state of Nuevo León.
The masked cartel member later chided the six dealers and buyers for selling and buying drugs.
‘The Scorpion Group does not permit the sale of crystal meth or fentanyl here at the border,’ he shouted.
He subsequently asked them if they, ‘are sorry?’ before they responded, ‘yes sir,’ in unison.
McGee had traveled down to Mexico for a tummy tuck procedure before she was kidnapped at gunpoint by a drug cartel on Friday
McGee was joined by her cousin, Shaeed Woodard, (left) and friends Eric Williams (right) and Zindell Brown
The cartel thug continues by sending a stern warning to any involved in the sale and purchase of drugs.
‘For all those consumers and sellers of crystal and fentanyl, there is no forgiveness, sincerely the Scorpion Group Gulf Cartel.’
It’s unknown if the dealers and buyers were allowed to walk or were executed.
The cartel once again drew the headlines after members were seen on video kidnapping four North Carolina residents in Matamoros last Friday.
Latavia ‘Tay’ McGee, a mother-of-five, had traveled by car to Mexico for her ‘tummy tuck’ surgery.
She was joined by her cousin Shaheed Woodward and her friends Zindell Brown and Eric James.
The group was intercepted by cartel henchmen in broad daylight and were forced into the back of a pickup truck.
On Tuesday morning, security forces located McGee and James, who was shot in the left leg, in a stash house about six and half miles away in the rural town of El Tecolote.
McGee is seen sitting on the ground after the vehicle she and three other U.S. citizens were traveling on was shot at by kidnappers moments after they drove into the Mexican border city of Matamoros
Pictures from the moment of their capture have started to circulate online showing the group at the back of a vehicle
The bodies of Woodward and Brown were found dead in the home, where an alleged cartel member identified a José, whose responsibility was to look after the Americans, was arrested.
One of the surviving victims told Mexican security forces that the cartel members had confessed to confusing them with another group they were targeting, El Universal newspaper reported.
During a Tuesday afternoon press conference, officials said they were looking into what role José played in the cartel kidnapping.
The Gulf Cartel has been around since the 1930s and has a strong presence in Matamoros.
Lativa ‘Tay’ McGee was found uninjured after she, her cousin and two friends were kidnapped. The mother-of-five was seen without shoes after surviving the tragic incident along with friend Eric Williams who was shot in the left leg
Mexican officials said Mcgee’s cousin Shaeed Woodard and friend Zindell Brown were killed. Their bodies were found in the stash house along with the two survivors
The criminal organization got its feet wet by smuggling booze and other banned goods into the United States during the Prohibition era.
Once the ban on alcohol sale was lifted, the cartel turned to car theft, gambling, prostitution rings and smuggling.
In the 1980s, the group got involved in drug trafficking under the leadership of Juan García.
Through his connections with the Colombian Cali Cartel, the Drug Enforcement Administration estimated that the Gulf Cartel generated about $10 billion in profit. Fortune Magazine once placed García’s net worth at $15 billion.
García made it to the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted List in 1995 and busted in Monterrey at a ranch in 1996. He was later convicted by a federal court in Texas and sentenced to 11 consecutive life terms.