Then in the cartel, what was your job? What did you do?
Basically, I was a hitman.
Your job was to do what?
Bodyguard and things like that. Kill people, kidnap, all kind of stuff like that.
That’s an interesting change from the military.
Yeah. It’s almost the same, but without permission. What does it pay? How much did you make?
About $500 per week.
You would be an expert from your military training. Were you ever involved in the procurement of weapons?
Not directly, but I saw little things of how they introduced the weapons in the country, into Mexico.
How did it work?
The same person that works for the organization here in the United States, they get the weapons and they carry them to Mexico … They never had any problems to cross them into Mexico at the border. Sometimes they use secret compartments to hide the weapons, but not all the time. The principal way was crossing the river or by the international bridges.
Who would buy the weapons?
I’m not sure about that because I never was there. But the same people that work for the organization here in the U.S., I don’t know how to explain in English, they have to be U.S. citizens to buy the weapons. They get some people to buy the weapons, every kind of them, and then pay them for it…. The people who was working here in U.S. selling the drugs, they were the same that get the weapons. It was people who was working directly for my boss, so he said “don’t bring me money, bring me weapons.”
What kinds of weapons did you have, did you carry?
When I was in the organization, we asked for them to bring weapons like Heckler and Koch, MP5, and M-16 or something like that, AR-15, but the most we wanted Heckler and Koch and Colt AR-15 ‘cuz they were the better weapons. We knew about weapons, so we ask them for the best weapons we could use for that work.