Mexican security officials are investigating a viral video that appears to show heavily armed, uniformed troops in the service of one of the country’s most powerful drug cartels.
Mexico’s Public Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo announced on Saturday that authorities were determining the authenticity of the shocking footage. In the short clip, uniformed men brandish large machine guns and other military-grade weapons as they stand near a long column of armored vehicles bearing the initials of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG). The heavily-armed gunmen can be heard shouting allegiance to the Jalisco cartel’s boss, Nemesio Oseguera.
According to reports, the soldiers belong to the cartel’s “special forces” unit and boast equipment comparable to or even more advanced than the weaponry used by the Mexican Army. The video, it has been theorized, is meant as a show of force against President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who recently visited Jalisco, the state where the cartel is headquartered.