Authorities in Mexico have arrested an American citizen in Jalisco state who allegedly recruited new members to the infamous New Generation Jalisco Cartel. Nathan Frandino reports.
Officials say U.S. citizen Johana Mary Hernandez was among 13 people arrested in Mexico this weekend -- all for alleged ties to the New Generation Jalisco cartel. Jalisco State Attorney General Jesus Eduardo Almaguer says Hernandez recruited for the cartel, reportedly using fliers for a security company that was a cover for the group. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) JALISCO STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL, JESUS EDUARDO ALMAGUER, SAYING: He says, "In one week, eight days they would be trained in the basic use of arms and entering their role they would start in the illegal sale of drugs." The New Generation Jalisco group is one of Mexico's most powerful cartels. The group reportedly was responsible for opening fire on an army helicopter last year, killing three on board. Security in Jalisco state has become a problem for President Enrique Pena Nieto, who took office pledging to pacify the country following years of brutal drug violence.