Notorious Mexican cartels are helping the poor of the country struggling with the corona virus pandemic
Mexican cartels are notorious for the pain and suffering they inflicted on innocent people as they fought the government and competing groups in a 13-year war that killed more than 200,000 people.
But this week, they showed a softer side to appeal to civilians when they decided to use their illegal wealth to help the poor by providing food and disinfectant during the Corona virus crisis.
In recent days, videos and photos have been distributed through social media outlets, showing alleged members of the Gulf Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel handing out boxes and plastic bags full of supplies to residents in low-income neighborhoods.
Criminal organizations are helping because the poor in a nation of 126 million people are calling for help from government officials to stop the spread of the infectious virus that has curbed the local economy.
The Mexican government has reported 332 deaths and 5,014 confirmed coronavirus cases.
An alleged Gulf Cartel member handed out boxes of food and supplies to residents in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas last week. Several cartels have visited numerous communities across Mexico to provide relief to poor residents affected by the global coronavirus pandemic
A San Luis Potosí resident shows the bag of help she received from alleged members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel
Each box in the truck contained a sticker with the Jalisco New Generation Cartel Spanish initials, CJNG, with a short message saying ‘from your friends, COVID-19 emergency aid’. The criminal group visited eight cities in the central Mexican state of San Luis Potosí on Sunday to provide assistance to those affected by the current economic crisis
Mexico’s deadliest criminal syndicate, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, spent Sunday traveling through eight municipalities in the central state of San Luis Potosí.
A video shot by an alleged cartel member showed a half-full truck carrying boxes and several plastic bags filled with toilet paper and other goods scattered across a warehouse floor.
Each box and plastic bag had a sticker with the Spanish initials of the cartel [CJNG] which read, “From your friends, COVID-19 emergency aid.”
The cartel is led by Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera Cervantes, a major target of the Drug Enforcement Agency, who offered a $ 10 million reward for his arrest.
A few days ago last week, masked gunmen wearing Gulf Cartel [Cártel del Golfo] Bullet proof vests were welcomed by residents in Ciudad Victoria, a town in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, about three hours from the Browsnville, Texas border.
A man provides aid to the poor residents of a city in the central Mexican state of San Luis Potosí, provided by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel. Some criminal organizations have distributed food and supplies, such as disinfectants and toilet paper, to low-income people who have hit the COVID-19 outbreak that has hit the Mexican economy.
Plastic bags of cooking oil, non-perishable canned goods, toilet paper and other essentials were spread around a warehouse in Mexico before the Jalisco New Generation Cartel provided COVID-19 relief to poor residents of central San Luis Potosí
In recent days, the Jalisco New Generation cartel led by Nemesio ‘El Mencho’ Oseguera Cervantes (left) and the Gulf Cartel, who led a cell led by Evaristo ‘El Señor 46’ Cruz (right), have ordered their men food and handing out supplies to poor Mexican residents affected by the economic crisis caused by the outbreak of the corona virus in Mexico
Residents seemed to be receptive to the support the criminal group has given them, especially when dozens of social distance measures ignored and stormed the flat bed of a truck.
The boxes contain basic products such as rice, beans, cooking oil, and non-perishable food in cans, according to Mexican news MX Politico.
Members of the Purporter Gulf Cartel pose with residents of Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, where they have provided assistance to the poor of the country
Each propaganda box was sealed with a sticker that read, “ Gulf Cartel, support of Ciudad Victoria, Mr. 46, Vaquero. ”
Mister 46, or ‘El Señor 46’, is also known as Evaristo Cruz, the leader of a corrugated cartel cell operating from the border town of Matamoros.
He is wanted by the Mexican authorities, who offered a ransom of $ 85,000 in August 2019 for his information leading to his arrest.
A woman received a bag from the Jalisco New Generation Cartel with food, cooking oil, non-perishable food in cans and toilet paper
A girl watches from a distance as members of the Gulf Cartel hand out food and disinfectant to the poor who struggle in Ciudad Victoria, a city in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas
Each box and plastic bag had a sticker with the Spanish initials of the Jalisco Generation Cartel [CJNG] and a message that reads, “From your friends, COVID-19 emergency aid.