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Hitmen from Mexico’s most brutal cartel execute three El Chapo drug traffickers

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Hitmen from Mexico’s most cartel have executed three alleged drug traffickers from El Chapo’s rival gang.

In chilling footage, the naked victims are bound by the hands with their faces covered.

Three Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) gunmen stand behind them and carry out an interrogation.

The detainees – reportedly linked to the Sinaloa Cartel – are believed to have operated in the north-central Mexican state of Zacatecas, US newspaper La Opinion reports.

They claimed to be “chapulines”, criminals who switch allegiances between different gangs.

A raft of different cartels are fighting for control of Zacatecas, which offers vital trafficking routes towards the US border.

The state sits between the terrorises of Mexico’s largest cartels, and the CJNG has made its presence known there in the past 12 months, according to the Latin America Risk Report.

Earlier this month, its hitmen sent a video warning to the Sinaloa Cartel’s current leader Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada – telling him the state “already has an owner”.

The CJNG is run by Nemesio "El Mencho" Oseguera Cervantes, a former ally of Chapo, operates in at least 35 states across Mexico and Puerto Rico.

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In July, authorities estimated the gang oversaw one-third of all drugs being transported from Mexico into the US.

Its illicit products have also been sold in Europe and Asia.

Dr Robert J Bunker, Director of Research & Analysis, C/O Futures, LLC, believes the Sinaloa Cartel – led by Chapo's sons and former partner El Mayo after his imprisonment last year – is now operating in its shadow.

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He earlier told Daily Star Online: "The federal Mexican forces have far more military capacity and firepower than the cartels.

"The issue is that they are stretched thin across the county containing the 'criminal insurgency' taking place and now having to respond to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in Mexico.

"The CJNG presently appears to be a greater force than the Sinaloa Cartel throughout Mexico and overseas is now eclipsing it.

"Still, the Sinaloa Cartel is stronger in some of its core territories such as Culiacan and extended regions."

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