GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Mexico’s Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion used a phony security company to recruit and train hitmen in the cities of Tlaquepaque and Puerto Vallarta, officials said.
The drug cartel distributed marketing materials in the streets and hired Johanna Mary Hernandez, a 28-year-old U.S. citizen, and another suspect to meet with recruits at ranches, Jalisco Attorney General Eduardo Almaguer said.
The recruits underwent “a one-week training course” at the ranches, focusing on firearms training, Almaguer said in a press conference on Wednesday.
The phony company, called Segmex, billed itself as a “leader in private security” and advertised security guard and bodyguard jobs with starting pay of 3,000 pesos (about $170) a week.
The pay scale was higher for job candidates with law enforcement or military experience, the AG said.