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  • Fake Security Firm was used to Recruit for Cartel in Puerto Vallarta

  • Authorities discovered the scheme when one recruit tried to leave and was held for a ransom

Photo: Cuartoscuro/ALAN ORTEGA ,

11 of March 2016 07:39:18

MEXICO CITY — A state prosecutor in western Mexico says authorities broke up a fake private security company that was used to recruit for a drug cartel.Jalisco state prosecutor Jesús Eduardo Almaguer said 13 people were arrested, including a U.S. woman who allegedly led the recruitment effort from the Pacific resort of Puerto Vallarta.Almaguer said flyers with a phone number and email address were distributed offering rapid career advancement, salaries higher than those paid by government security agencies and year-end bonuses. Recruits were given a week of weapons training using paintball guns.Authorities discovered the scheme when one recruit tried to leave and was held for a ransom of 1 million pesos ($55,500). His family called authorities.Almaguer told reporters Wednesday that the recruits were required to make street-level drug sales.



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