Deadly Mexican cartel bought parts for military grenade launchers, rifles and machine guns through eBay and shipped them from LA to Mexico
- Jalisco New Generation Cartel made at least 300 purchases of military equipment on eBay between 2018 and 2019
- Mexican news outlet Milenio reported that the FBI and DEA discovered that the cartel bought parts for grenade launchers, rifles and machine guns
- The criminal organization employed Ismael and Carlos Almada to make the purchases with 50 PayPal accounts
- The military equipment and weapons and weapon parts where shipped from Los Angeles to Guadalajara, Mexico
- The Jalisco New Generation Cartel is led by Nemesio ‘El Mencho’ Oseguera
- The United States is offering a $10 million reward for information leading to his arrest
A transnational Mexican drug cartel reportedly made at least 300 military equipment purchases on eBay between 2018 and 2019.
According to Mexican news outlet Milenio, which first reported on the investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] and Drug Enforcement Administration [DEA] discovered that the Jalisco New Generation Cartel bought parts for grenade launchers, rifles and machine guns through the e-commerce platform.
The court document indicates that the cartel, considered the fastest rising criminal organization in Mexico, assigned two of its operatives, brothers Ismael and Carlos Almada, to arrange the purchases which were made through 50 PayPal accounts linked to Carlos Almada under the alias of Adrián Gallegos Trejo.
The men successfully bided on at least $2,000 worth of equipment which were mailed to Los Angeles by the seller.
An investigation by the DEA and FBI discovered that the Jalisco New Generation Cartel purchased high-tech military weapon parts and equipment on eBay and used fake PayPal accounts to pay for the purchases between 2018 and 2019. The military instruments were shipped to Los Angeles and then mailed across the border to Jalisco and later provided to cartel members
The DEA and FBI said the cartel employed two siblings who were in charge of purchasing the military equipment and parts on eBay. At least 300 purchases were made between 2018 and 2019
Nemesio ‘El Mencho’ Oseguera (pictured), the leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, one of Mexico’s most powerful criminal groups. The DEA is offering a $10 million reward for information leading to his arrest and/or conviction
From there, the military equipment was delivered by a cargo company to the western state of Jalisco, and then delivered by a local courier to two addresses in the cities of Zapopan and Guadalajara.
Julio César Mejía Calix, who owned both of the courier companies utilized by the Almada brothers showed the federal investigators proof of WhatsApp messages in which he refused to have any dealings in shipping the military weapon parts and equipment from the United States to Mexico.
The FBI and DEA investigation also found that the Almada siblings also purchased scopes for rifles and machine guns, night vision goggles, laser lights, bulletproof vests and microphones and cameras for surveillance purposes.
The military surveillance equipment was sold through Alartel, a company which Ismael Almada worked for.
The military equipment and parts for the rifles and machine guns were allegedly sold off to the cartel members by Carlos Almada.
In 2019, Carlos was eventually arrested by Mexican authorities, who investigated him for importing cocaine from Colombia to Mexico. Some of the shipment eventually made its way to U.S. streets.
The Jalisco New Generation Cartel reportedly went on eBay to make purchases of military equipment and parts that were smuggled from Los Angeles to Mexico
Jalisco New Generation Cartel has a reported presence in 30 of Mexico’s 32 states and its capital, Mexico City (stock image of cartel members)
The cartel purchased high-tech military equipment and parts, including rifle stand (pictured), on eBay
He was found dead inside a Jalisco jail cell in March after committing suicide.
Under the leadership of Nemesio ‘El Mencho’ Oseguera, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel has imposed its presence in 30 of Mexico’s 32 states, and its capital, Mexico City, according to security firm Lantia Consultores.
El Mencho, whose two oldest American-born children are in custody of U.S. authorities on drug and money laundering charges, is wanted by the DEA, which is offering a $10 million reward for information leading to his arrest and/or conviction.
Milenio reported that it was highly likely that the high-tech military equipment and weapon parts have been used by the notorious cartel in numerous criminal acts that have destabilized Mexico.
According to Infobae, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel is responsible for 10,000 of the 29,182 homicides reported in the first 10 months of 2020.