Mexican president tells cartels to focus on ending crime, not handing out coronavirus aid

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Monday that cartels should focus on ending violence — not handing out coronavirus care packages to the needy.

“These criminal organizations that have been seen distributing the packages, this isn’t helpful,” López Obrador told reporters at a news conference.

“What helps is them stopping their bad deeds,” the president said, explaining how the drug gangs should stop harming others.

In 2019, López Obrador’s first full year in office, Mexico saw a record 34,582 murders.

The president’s remarks come after reports that Alejandrina Guzmán — the daughter of the notorious drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán — and Mexican cartels are distributing aid packages across the country.

The younger Guzmán is using her company, El Chapo 701, to pack and deliver boxes full of food, masks, hand soaps and other supplies, dubbed Chapo’s provisions, around Guadalajara.

The parcels are labeled with El Chapo’s image — and so are the medical-style face masks the company’s employees wear as they pack and deliver the goods.

More than 8,000 people in Mexico have tested positive for the coronavirus, as of Monday, and 700 deaths were attributed to the disease.

With Post wires


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