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How Mexico's Most Powerful Cartel Used EBay to Arm Themselves With Military Gear

It started with his mom's credit card, claimed Ismael Almada in March 2020, as he voluntarily spilled his guts to U.S. law enforcement officers during an interview in the Mexican city of Guadalajara. He'd originally used his mom's card to order weapons accessories and tactical gear off eBay for his security business that focused on anti-spyware and surveillance technology, before eventually moving to PayPal to make the trail of U.S. goods to Mexico a bit more clandestine.

He needed to. Most of the illegal imports went to the infamous Jalisco New Generation Cartel, known as the CJNG for its Spanish acronym.

Weeks before, his brother, Carlos Almada, died under suspicious circumstances, and Ismael had a reason to suspect that the feared founder of the CJNG, Nemesio Oseguera (aka El Mencho) wanted him dead. After a long legal battle, U.S. authorities extradited El Mencho's son, Rubén Oseguera or “El Menchito,” in February 2020 to face drug charges in D.C. ,and potential witnesses, like Carlos, were turning up dead.

Ismael arrived in the U.S. days after he gave his confession in Mexico and voluntarily turned himself over to authorities. While a criminal complaint that VICE World News had access to from his original detention details the brothers connections to the CJNG smuggling ring, all traces of Ismael Almada's case and the complaint subsequently disappeared from the U.S. government's Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER).