Video Captures Confession of Cartel-Related Threat Against US Embassy, Central Americans
WESLACO – A new threat is targeting the U.S. Embassy in Mexico. This threat is cartel-related, and it extends to others.
"Violent crime" is the main reason they advise U.S. Citizens to stay away.
A similar warning was issued unofficially in a video shared with CHANNEL 5 NEWS by a confidential source. It shows a man who is bound and apparently tortured interviewed by another man.
The bound man is asked, "What is your function in the cartel?" He responds, "A hitman, sir."
The incident is believed to have been recorded in Guadalajara. The bound man says he's a sicario or hitman for Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion. He says he's killed over a hundred people.
The man conducting the interview is suspected of working for another faction fighting against the hitman's cartel.
He asks the bound man, "What are the other orders you have in Guadalajara?"
He responds, "There's an order to place a bomb in the U.S. Embassy, so they leave Mr. Mencho in peace. Also, we have orders to kidnap Central Americans. Whether it's a woman, child, man, or girl, whatever - they're kidnapped."
We reached out to Art Fontes, a former FBI agent and security expert, to give us an idea of who the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion is.
"They're a very powerful cartel and they've overtaken the cartel of Sinaloa," he explained. "With the arrest of Chapo, the Sinaloa has been weakened. The cartel de Jalisco has superseded the Zetas and the Gulf Cartel."
This is a cartel about eight years old. It fractured and there's now infighting.
"The cartel has also been splintered with another person by the alias of ‘El Cholo’, Carlos Enrique Sanchez Martinez. He's fighting with the Cartel de Jalisco,” Fontes explains.
That faction under 'El Cholo's' control is suspected of recorded the video. Drug and human smuggling is a primary source of revenue for this kind of organized crime.
Fontes advises travelers to proceed with caution even for short-term trips.
"Right now, people going out at night and partying late at night - those are the people that are going to be the most vulnerable," he warns.
These advisories come as caravans head across Mexico and into the U.S. and as many stateside start packing to go to Mexico for the holidays.