A RUTHLESS gangster dubbed "the new El Chapo" is said to be taking over Mexico's deadliest cartel.

Juan Carlos Gonzalez – the ruthless chief behind two of Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) elite military units – is reportedly next in line as boss.

 

The cartel – which runs at least 35 states across Mexico and Puerto Rico with a bloody, iron first – operates with ruthless and brutal tactics, like hanging rival's bodies from bridges to intimidate them and setting their enemy's faces on fire.

Back in 2015 the group were rumoured to have killed a child and a man using sticks of dynamite – and filmed it, as per reports in Mexican newspaper Reforma.

Next-in-line Gonzalez is already running military units El RR and El Grupo Delta, who're currently battling for territory in central Mexico against several of the country's other cartels.

His men have so-far downed a army helicopter with a rocket-propelled grenade and killed dozens of state officials – as well as excersising ruthless scare tacics.

And now, The Daily Star reports, former US federal marshal and cartel expert Robert Almonte has tipped Gonzalez to take over from current CJNG boss Nemesio 'El Mencho' Oseguera.

Almonte told the Daily Star the sprawling gang is now the most dangerous in Mexico, adding: "Nothing is off-limits to them."



He explained Gonzalez's meticulously planned military organisation has only bolstered the deadly cartel.

Almonte added methodological planning has "made it possible for the CJNG to engage in battles with their rivals and to expand their areas of control."

It comes as current boss El Mencho's health is reportedly deteriorating as US and Mexican officials inch closer to finding him.

America is currently offering $10 million (£7.8m) for the cartel leader's arrest.

El Mencho's son, Ruben Oseguera-González – or El Menchito -should have been next in line to the throne, but was extradited to the US in February and handed drugs charges for over a decade's worth of narcotics flooding the states.

Some of the gang's most recent twisted tactics saw one rival's face set alight in a nod to his nickname, Ghostrider – a Marvel character who's face is engulfed in flame.

Almonte added: “With the extradition of El Mencho's son and him being out of the picture for taking control, I believe that it would be likely that Juan Carlos Gonzales would take over the CJNG.”

The cartel’s ruthless rise to dominance has left an appalling history of bodies and screams in its wake —  ripping out victims' hearts, dissolving their bodies in barrels of acid, and even targeting pregnant women.

Mexican authorities estimate the gang oversaw one-third of all drugs smuggled into the United States.

Europe and Asia are also being aggressively targeted as it forges links with other overseas organised crime. 



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