Job seekers answering the ad for a phony company, could find themselves working for El Mencho.
The Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion have been distributing flyers in the Jalisco municipalities, of Tlaquepaque and Puerto Vallarta.
The flyers are “Help Wanted” notices for a nonexistent company named Segmex. The positions advertised for were for guards and bodyguards and salaries started at the attractive sum of 3,000 pesos, about 170 dollars, per week.
Those applicants with police, military or security experience would earn a higher wage.
The Jalisco attorney general, Eduardo Almaguer Ramírez. said in a news conference, "These criminals hand out these flyers on the streets to recruit people and incorporate them into the ranks of organized crime," as he held up one of the flyers used.
The contact person was an American, Johanna Hernandez, in Puerto Vallarta. After a 10-day training session in the use of firearms, they were assigned to drug distribution roles. The state prosecutor’s office said the investigation followed the arrest of 13 suspected cartel members during a kidnapping investigation. Several gave evidence of the new recruitment scheme, said Almaguer.
There is a Facebook page opened for Segmex, “a private security firm”, but the page was opened in November, 2015 and only had a couple of post on that date, and nothing since. (image above)
During the arrest, authorities discovered a kidnapped security guard, who was being held pending a 1 million peso or 57k usd, ransom demand.