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La Familia Drug Cartel: Implications for U.S.-Mexican Security

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Authored by U.S. Army War College Press, Strategic Studies Institute

La Familia Michoacana, also known as La Familia, is one of the most bizarre and deadly cartels in the world. Its Bible-pounding leaders recruit young people from rehabilitation centers, insist that they throw off their dependence on alcohol, drugs, and other addictive substances, and, once clean, apply to join their organization. The novitiates must submit themselves to 2 months of brainwashing that includes scripture readings, exposure to motivational speakers, and long periods of silence and meditation. Upon completing their “instruction,” they may become couriers, lookouts, or drivers. Those who show an aptitude for violence are taken in groups of 40 to a wilderness area known as the Jes£s del Monte. There, they are directed to shoot, butcher, and cook 15 victims to demonstrate that they are neither squeamish about killing innocents nor repulsed by handling bloody body parts.
The leaders of La Familia-known as “El Chango” (Jos‚ de Jes£s M‚ndez Vargas) and “El Chayo” (Nazario Moreno Gonz lez) assure those who successfully complete this exercise that they are prepared to do the Lord’s work-that is, safeguarding women, combatting competing cartels, and preventing the local sale of drugs.

Publication Date:
Dec 28 2014
1505808618 / 9781505808612
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6″ x 9″
Black and White
Related Categories:
Political Science / Political Freedom & Security / International Secur


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