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Mexican construction worker arrested for posing as narco on Facebook

A 24-year-old Mexican man from Guadalajara was put behind bars, but not for the reasons he had dreamed of. 

Martín Juárez Campos, a drug lord wannabe, was charged with “provocation and advocating crime,” after numerous postings on his Facebook page bragging about his supposed narco connections alarmed one of his 2,000-plus followers.

He is now free on bail and faces a maximum of six months in jail.

Juárez Campos called himself "The M Juarez" and pretended to be a commander in the New Generation Jalisco Cartel (CJNG), one of the most powerful and violent drug trafficking groups.

In one of his last posts before being arrested on Oct. 3, Juárez Campos uploaded a video that showed him opening a gift-wrapped box and delighting at finding a gold-plated pistol encrusted with diamonds inside.

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Along with it he posted a message thanking his boss, "El Mencho" – referring to CJNG leader Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes – for the gift, according to El Universal newspaper.

Once Juárez Campos was arrested, though, authorities found out that the purported narco was a simple forklift operator in Guadalajara, with no connections whatsoever to organized crime or drug-trafficking rings.

Sources told the newspaper that pretending to be part of the cartel and of that environment caused "a very ecstatic feeling."

Reportedly, most of the photographs and videos that he posted to his Facebook page were pulled from Internet pages containing information related to drug trafficking. He would take credit for them by putting a watermark on them.

The CJNG, an offshoot of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel, operates in the states of Colima, Guanajuato, Michoacán, Veracruz and Jalisco, where Guadalajara is located.

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