Members of the Sinaloa cartel delivered hundreds of food baskets to families on the Pacific coast of Mexico suffering from the arrival of Hurricane Orlene.
During the week, gunmen from the dreaded criminal organization quietly delivered hundreds of food baskets and bags bearing the cartel’s logo to hundreds of locals in impoverished areas hit by Hurricane Orlene. The food delivery was not widely advertised as other criminal organizations have done in the past, however, locals spread the word through social media.
Locally, a cartel leader known as “El Changuito Antrax” or “The Little Monkey Antrax” sent a message on messaging apps to local residents about a food delivery. The same cartel leader had also sent similar food baskets in September to earthquake-affected residents in Colima. Through a series of messages, El Changuito Antrax had also claimed to be providing materials to locals to help rebuild their homes.
The name Antrax refers to a cell of Sinaloa cartel gunmen loyal to Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, an elusive kingpin considered the world’s most powerful drug lord. Few public photographs of El Mayo are known to exist.
The hurricane had reached dangerous wind speeds as it moved across the Pacific Ocean until it hit Mexico this week as a very weakened Category 1. Orlene made landfall about 50 miles from the popular beach destination of Mazatlán in Sinaloa state. Heavy rains caused flooding in Sinaloa, Jalisco, Durango, Nayarit and Colima.
In the past, criminal organizations such as the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, the Gulf Cartel and others have taken advantage of storms and natural disasters to offer aid to poor families to curry favor with low-income families and as a recruiting tool.
As Breitbart Texas reported, other ultra-violent groups like the Cartel Del Noreste faction of Los Zetas have done similar charity work during the holiday season by throwing parties and delivering toys and food items to needy families. Despite being responsible for mass disappearances and countless murders of innocent victims, in 2016, CDN-Los Zetas organized a large Christmas party where they delivered hundreds of gifts to the border city of Nuevo Laredo that were advertised through radio stations and local newspapers. Local city officials at the time did nothing to stop the event even though it was hosted by a drug cartel.
Editor’s note: Breitbart Texas traveled to Mexico City and the states of Tamaulipas, Coahuila and Nuevo León to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels silencing their communities. The authors would face certain death at the hands of the various cartels operating in these areas, including the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas, if they did not use a pseudonym. Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles are published both in English and in the original Spanish. This article was written by “CP Mireles” from Tamaulipas.