- The Jalisco New Generation Cartel is making new recruits eat human flesh
- It shares videos of members eating rival gangs’ hearts as a form of intimidation
- New cartel members start by eating toes before moving to bigger body parts
A drug cartel in Mexico is forcing new members into cannibalism and started sharing videos of gang members feasting on the hearts of their enemies.
The Jalisco New Generation Cartel took sickening footage of one of its members eating a rivals’ heart straight from his mutilated chest in Zacatecas state last month.
The CJNG gang has become one of the most dominant cartels in the country and operates in at least 35 states across Mexico and Puerto Rico.
It is led by by Nemesio ‘El Mencho’ Oseguera Cervantes and has started to incorporate cannibalism as part of its methods of intimidation.
The shocking public displays of aggression are used to threaten rival groups and show dominance, as part of an arsenal of techniques which include demonstrating new weapons and military technologies owned by the group.
Disturbing images too graphic to publish show the gang member crouching over the body of the rival gangster from the Sinaloa cartel — formerly led by El Chapo.
The victim has had his arms tied and his chest appears to have been torn open.
The CJNG member tears bites out of the man’s heart before pretending to offer the lifeless figure a taste.
In the background, part of another dead body can be seen with the shadow of another Jalisco member hacking away at it.
Dr Robert Bunker, a security analyst and expert on Mexican cartels, said the violent display was used to threaten the rival gang.
He told the Daily Beast: ‘Given its warning to other Mayo Zambada gunmen, the video has clearly been produced for PSYOPS purposes by the CJNG unit involved in the incident who then uploaded it to social media.’
Cannibalism became part of the Jalisco initiation in around 2015, with new recruits forced to eat raw human heart at the cartel’s ‘terror schools’.
By Joe Davies