Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show Mexican Drug Cartel Members 'Ready To Invade America'

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  • by: Ed Payne
Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show Mexican Drug Cartel Members 'Ready To Invade America' Old Video

Does a social media video show Mexican drug cartel members "ready to invade America"? No, that's not true: When the video was released in July 2020 by a Mexican criminal group, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), it was meant as a public display of its firepower challenging Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador after a visit to the state of Jalisco. The footage wasn't a threat to invade the United States. Also, a military-style invasion of the U.S. by the cartel never took place.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post and video on July 24, 2020. It opened:

Aired on Mexican television, Not police, cartel members, ready to invade America.

Video was taken just miles South of McAllen TX

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

cartel FB.png

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thu Jul 21 14:42:21 2022 UTC)

A week before this post was made, the video, as well as news reports about it, were already circulating. CMF Global Risk Solutions, an organization that provides risk management services throughout Latin America, posted a short analysis of the footage when it was released on July 17, 2020:

The Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) releases a video as a public display of their firepower challenging Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador(AMLO) after yesterday's visit to the state of Jalisco. AMLO said his administration will not negotiate and will not be intimated by organized crime.

This is an image of the original post:

guys with guns.png

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thu Jul 21 19:38:00 2022 UTC)

The CJNG is a powerful trafficking group in Mexico and is run by Nemesio "El Mencho" Oseguera, one of the country's most wanted drug lords. Throughout the video, cartel members shout "only Mencho's people," in reference to their leader. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is offering $10 million for information leading to his arrest:


(Source: DEA screenshot taken on Thu Jul 21 20:10:26 2022 UTC)

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  Ed Payne

Ed Payne is a staff writer at Lead Stories. He is an Emmy Award-winning journalist as part of CNN’s coverage of 9/11. Ed worked at CNN for nearly 24 years with the CNN Radio Network and CNN Digital. Most recently, he was a Digital Senior Producer for Gray Television’s Digital Content Center, the company’s digital news hub for 100+ TV stations. Ed also worked as a writer and editor for WebMD. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, Ed is the author of two children’s book series: “The Daily Rounds of a Hound” and “Vail’s Tales.” 

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