- Videos have recently gone viral of a Christmas parade in Jalisco, Mexico, led by members of the Jalisco Cartel – New Generation (CJNG). They are seen handing out candy and toys.
- Ricardo Ruiz, also known as “Double R,” is considered one of the leading operators of the CJNG and has a history of involvement in drug trafficking, territorial disputes, and violence.
- While the toy giveaway may seem noble, it has been criticized as a tactic criminal organizations use to gain favor with local communities and potentially recruit young members.
Videos recently went viral of an alleged Christmas parade in the streets of Jalisco, Mexico, led by members of the Jalisco Cartel – New Generation (CJNG), where they are seen handing out candy and toys.
On board pick-up trucks, they hand out the gifts. Some of these videos have the caption “Mr. RR gives toys.”
Ricardo Ruiz, also known as “Doble R” (Double R or RR), is considered one of the main operators of the criminal cell of CJNG leader Nemesio Oseguera, El Mencho.
This man is the one who carries out the confrontations, divides up the squares, enters the communities, not with toy guns but with high caliber weapons, and even warns rivals through videos, for which he is known as the narco youtuber.
It was in 2015 as a lieutenant in Aguascalientes, when US authorities noticed his presence because he was in charge of ensuring drug trafficking to northern Mexico.
By 2017 Ruiz identified himself as the leader of the “Grupo de Élite,” in which they use handcrafted armored trucks and make videos in which they show off their weapons to intimidate and take over other territories.
In 2019, according to military records, “Doble R” was commissioned to take down the group of Jose Antonio Yépez Ortiz, “El Marro”.
In 2020, a video circulated in Guanajuato in which he celebrated the birthday of “El Mencho” with a hail of bullets and also showed off a convoy of more than 50 vehicles.
In that video, the armed group was seen with high-powered rifles and vests with the initials CJNG. While shouting: “Puro Mencho”, “Puro Señor de los Gallos”.
And it was not until early 2021 that Ruiz was located again, this time in Michoacan, trying to recover Aguililla, the land of his boss.
During his stay in the municipalities of El Aguaje and El Terrero, shootings and blockades were a constant, and the mayor and his successor were assassinated.
After this, “Doble R” was promoted to regional leader of the CJNG to control Michoacán, Guanajuato, Aguascalientes and San Luis Potosí.
The “Elite Group” entered Zacatecas, which maintains a territorial dispute with the Sinaloa Cartel.
The armed wing of “El Mencho.”
In July 2020, two videos attributed to the CJNG went viral, showing off the number of gunmen, armored vehicles, tactical equipment, and high-caliber weapons.
The Mexican Secretary of National Defense, Luis Cresencio Sandoval, reported that they were Juan Carlos González, alias “El 03″, leader of the Jalisco cell in Michoacán, Guanajuato and Zacatecas, and “Doble R,” then a lieutenant in Michoacán.
CJNG and the murder of Jalisco’s tourism secretary
Ruiz is credited with the murder of Jalisco Tourism Secretary Jose de Jesus Gallegos Alvarez in March 2013.
The “Doble R” works under the command of “El 03″, who is considered the creator of the “Elite Group”, to “take territory away from the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel.
Video of “Doble R” handing out toys
In the recording, set to narcocorridos music, a voice can be heard announcing that they are “pure people of the Doble R,” which would be a reference to Ricardo Ruiz Velasco, known as “El Doble R,” who is said to be one of the lieutenants of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, “El Mencho,” leader of the CJNG.
Toys instead of bullets
This is not the first time that an organized crime group has been seen handing out toys, candy, and support to the population, however, although it may seem a noble action, they are only trying to gain the favor of children who will serve as cannon fodder for their cartels.
They ask to investigate the parade of drug traffickers
The collective Luz de Esperanza, made up of people looking for their missing relatives, demanded that the state and municipal authorities of Guadalajara and Zapopan take action against those responsible for closing streets and parading with impunity in the streets of the city.
“It is a serious offense and mockery, not only to the authorities, which only demonstrate the degree of corruption and impunity that is lived throughout the state, but also to the more than 15 thousand families affected by the crime of disappearance of persons. The fact that organized crime cells roam the city with total freedom and impunity and perhaps under the protection of the authorities themselves, giving away toys, performing popular acts, is outrageous,” they wrote in a statement published on social networks.