These are the baby-faced members of Mexico’s menacing Gulf Cartel.
In an unprecedented series of photos, scores of hitmen have unmasked themselves to apparently prove: ‘We aren’t afraid to show our faces, we want you to see nothing but the Gulf Cartel.’
Shockingly, some look as young as 12.
The Gulf Cartel is one of Mexico’s oldest, dating back to the Prohibition era.
With roots in the United States, Europe, West Africa, Asia, Central America, and South America, the organization wields significant power over the drug-trafficking trade – despite losing ground to rivals in recent years.
But this ‘unmasking’ is a new tactic that is gaining traction among cartels, according to former DEA officials.
Since the rise of the the Jalisco New Generation Cartel and Los Zetas — which was formed by Gulf Cartel members — the long-standing gang has received a knock.