El Mencho – The World’s Deadliest Cartel Boss
Now Chapo is locked up, there’s a new number 1 on the FBI’s most wanted list. His name? Nemesio Ruben Oseguera Cervantes, aka “El Mencho.” The deadliest cartel boss that you’ve never heard of.
Low key he might be, but shy and retiring he’s definitely not. On the contrary. So relaxed is he about killing people, a Mexican YouTube star who dared to disrespect El Mencho was found dead shortly after. Juan Luis Lagunas Rosales, known across social media as, “El Pirata de Culiacan,” or “The Pirate of Culiacan.” Known for acting the fool in his videos, like many teenagers, didn’t have his mind in gear when he said the following: “El Mencho a mí me pela la verga.” For his trouble he got between 15 and 18 bullets thrown at him.
“El Mencho a mí me pela la verga” translated into English means, “El Mencho, peel my cock,” according to El Pais.
Definitely not the type of thing to say when you’ve got 300,000 Instagram followers, you go viral on YouTube and then 1000,000 Facebook fans. Wowzers. That’s the quickest way to piss off a drug lord and sign your own death warrant. While most grown men give a verbal warning, in cartel land it doesn’t work like that. For a young boy growing up in Sinaloa of all places, he should have been well versed in cartel deaths. Most of all he should have know about El Mencho. Maybe he was, but whatever happened it’s proof that brave and stupid don’t mix. The crime lord hasn’t got a 10-million-dollar bounty on his head for nothing!
CJNG Kidnapped El Chapo’s Two Sons
One of the reasons why CJNG have risen to the top so quickly is due to El Mencho’s total disregard for reputations. In one show of force, six of his armed assassins stormed a restaurant and kidnapped two of El Chapo’s sons. They were held hostage till their gangster dad paid a few million dollars for their release. This wasn’t about money, though. It was a message. Mencho was saying that the new kids on the block are the CJNG and they don’t give a flying fazook who you are – even if your dad’s Chapo Guzman.
This craziness about business has ensured CJNG are not only feared, but they’re smashing the drug sales and splashing the cash. Encroaching on and taking over other people’s drug routes is what they do best. They even have big business meetings, complete with balaclavas and AK47s. It’s like cub scouts, only scarier.
Balkanization of Territory has Increased Violence
Whenever a big head gets locked up, it might give the police a nice news story, but it actually makes the situation worse. While it’s only right that if you’re a crime boss the public want to see action. They want to see you locked up with a 50 stretch. In reality it’s not good because it leaves a power vacuum. What the authorities have started to refer to as Balkanization, because of the splinter groups that arose from the dismantling of the Eastern European States.
Catch 22 springs to mind. You can’t obviously leave crime lords to do what they want, but it’s a sad reality that locking them up has the opposite effect of what you’d usually expect. These cartels aren’t like a street gang of twenty yobs, they’re made up of literally thousands of criminals and hangers on.
El Mencho was a Former State Policeman
Like the original jef de jefes or boss of bosses, Miguel Felix Gallardo, before him. El Mencho was a former state policeman. Handy when you want to switch sides and bat for the bad boys. It no doubt helps two fold: one you’ve got firsthand experience of how the authorities work. Two, you know plenty of people who work for the state and which ones are corruptible.
Then again, I don’t suppose it matters like it would in a ‘normal’ country. In Mexico you’ve got no choice once the cartel approach you. It’s either plato el plomo. Silver or lead. You’re going to die if you say no so you might as well have the money. Well I would anyway. Hell to dying on the cheap.
The Lord of the Roosters
Mexican folk singers, or in the cartel’s case narco balladeers, sing their narco corridors about the man they call El Senor de los Gallos. The Lord of the Roosters. Catchy name. Heck, I’m hoping Mencho doesn’t read this or I might end up like that YouTube kid.
So the saying goes that Lord of the Chickens likes a good old cock fight. Flashing your hard-earned cash on a diamond pinky ring is one thing, but throwing $100,000 on a UFC rooster fight is another story entirely. If only the poor dead chicken knew his worth. He’d be able to get himself an agent. And I thought chicken’s were an old man’s sport. How wrong when it’s the game of narco champions.
When will El Mencho get Caught?
Let’s be honest, if you knew where Senor Rooster booster was would you grass him up for the ten million dollars? Sure sounds nice, but what if that old cockerel had the phones tapped. Not so cocky now, boy, are you? In all seriousness, I think I’d just go against my usual policy of not snitching and grass him up. All the other cartel bosses do it on camera once they get caught. In fairness, though, in Mexico apparently the authorities give you the old waterboarding treatment.
In fact, I think that is where the American’s got the idea from in the first place.
When the Guadalahara Cartel killed Enrique “Kiki” Camarena back in the 1980s, one of the DEA agents said he witnessed the Mexican police administer a waterboarding technique. So bearing that in mind, it’s easy to be a tough guy in the UK or USA and “no reply” your interview, but when you’re getting drowned in a police cell and your brain is lacking oxygen, talking is the sensible option.
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CJNG are Digital Savvy Criminals
Although our YouTuber friend didn’t go down to well with the cartel boss. It’s not been lost on him just how good social media, especially the old tube, is for public relations. Well in fact it’s more about scaring the public and making your presence known. Anyhow, Senor Mencho has been actively recruiting on YouTube. Now I’m not bright enough to speak Spanish, but using Google translate I got to know that about recruiting. This is partly why they’ve been called the ISIS of the cartel world… only they pray to Jesus Malverde the Narco Saint rather than to Allah and the Prophet Mohammad.
Apart from being the forward-thinking crime boss that he is, El Mencho is said to not even use a phone EVER. It’s good practice, though, because look what phone calls did for Chapo Guzman. Phones these days are bad for criminals on many levels.
You can plot the perfect crime, but be undone by something as stupid as your text messages or phone location. More criminals than ever are wising up and going back to that old-fashioned thing they call talking face to face. Simple, but effective. Talk comes cheap, as they say. But talking about cartel bosses can get you killed.
In hindsight, though. Our 17-year-old YouTube star wasn’t killed for revenge. He was killed because El Mencho knew those 1.5 million plus followers would grow his reputation quicker than a few thousand criminals gossiping. Murder and marketing sit well together, it seems, because if you didn’t already know who El Mencho is, you certainly do now.
Just be careful what you say about him. It might not go down too well at the next board meeting.
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