A Mexican drug cartel is forcing its newest members to eat their enemies’ body parts while filming it as part of a method of intimidation, it has been reported.
Jalisco New Generation Cartel recruits have been driven to cannibalism and even forced to feast on the hearts of their enemies.
The cartel records its members ripping the organs of their rivals in an attempt to prove the extent of their threats, sending a message of domination.
The CJNG gang is known to be one of the strongest cartels in the country and controls at least 35 states in Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Gang leader Nemesio ‘El Mencho’ Oseguera Cervantes decided to start incorporating cannibalism, with disturbing images uploaded online.
The footage shows a cartel member bent over the corpse of a rival gangster from the Sinaloa Cartel, which was previously led by notorious drug lord El Chapo.
The victim’s chest appeared to have been ripped open as the gang member bit into the man’s heart before pretending to offer the dead rival a taste.
Dr. Robert Bunker, a Mexican cartel expert, told The Daily Beast: “Given his warning to other Mayo Zambada gunmen, the video was clearly produced for PSYOPS [psychological operations] purposes by the CJNG unit involved in the incident who then uploaded it to social media.”
The Jalisco initiation introduced cannibalism around 2015 and forced new members to eat raw human hearts in “schools of terror”.
Alfredo Castillo, the federal security commissioner of Michoacan, denied that the dastardly practice was widespread at the time, but admitted that there were testimonies suggesting that eating the heart was part of an initiation to test the loyalty of men.
“The ritual ranged from dismembering the people they intended to kill to sometimes serving the heart,” he commented at the time.
New recruits are taught stern fingers as part of an interrogation technique and are not required to eat human flesh until they reach three to four months.
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They later receive permission to move on to larger body parts once they pass the first human flesh test.
A former member of CJNG described what is expected of them and said, “They have a choice of one of these pieces to eat in front of the boss.
“You have to do it without reacting or throwing up or you get beat up. If you didn’t want to [eat human flesh] they wouldn’t let you go, they had you there.”