By: Manuel Montilla
Deep in the Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico sits one of the world’s most dangerous and sought after drug traffickers. Because of his wanted status, he is known by many nicknames with one of them being “PV” or “El Pingon Volante”, Spanish for “The Flying Ping”. PV tells us he was actually born in the United States before moving to Mexico for a better life in 1998. In search of job opportunities where he could make use of his English, PV worked in fast food restaurants and also served as a translator for tourists in a popular brothel in downtown Mexico City. When PV lost his job as a translator, he needed money and sought the help of his cousin, a member of a feared Mexico City gang. PV became a member of the gang, later formed his own gang, and is currently a successful businessman earning millions of dollars per year. PV shared with us interesting details about gang initiation and culture:
Montilla: How did you join a gang in Mexico? Do different gangs have different initiations?
PV: Well, in Mexico most gangs have a similar type of initiation and it is very hard. You have to show that you are strong. If you can’t pass the initiation, then you know you can’t be a real gangster.
Montilla: What exactly is the initiation process?
PV: It’s very hard for me to express this because it was a very painful process both mentally and spiritually. Usually, there are three steps to the initiation and they give you two choices per step. Each step lasts one week. For the first week, you must choose to fight the two best fighters in the gang at the same time. You have to fight them every day for the first week. If you lose on any of those days, you have to let these two guys fuck you in the ass on that day. They can only fuck you once per day but if you lose again the next day, these two guys will fuck you again. If you win the fight on any of those days, you don’t have to get fucked on that day but you have the option of fucking them. If you refuse to fuck them, they both get to fuck you in the ass. It’s not much of a choice but this is how we get rid of the weak guys and keep the tough guys in the gang. What they don’t tell you before the initiation is that the two guys you have to fight are expert martial artists and some of them practice MMA professionally. Out of the seven days of fighting, I was only able to win on two days but I got some very good punches in on the days that I lost.
The second week was very hard compared to the first week. In the second week, I had to throw a very hot lentil soup into the eyes of an elderly person in the crowded streets of Mexico City. After throwing the soup in the eyes of the victim, I had to land a very hard kick in the abdomen of this person and then run away without the police catching me. This may sound easy but in reality it is hard because you must be very coordinated to balance the soup and also land the kick in the person’s abdomen after the soup is in their eyes. Then, you must make sure that the police don’t catch you and this is difficult because if you do this same attack for 7 days in Mexico City, people will become more cautious and the police will be more aware. Luckily, I was able to perform this part successfully for 7 days and the police never caught me. It was funny because I actually ended up attacking this one old lady on three of those seven days. On the last attack, she fell down hard and hit her head on the wheel of a burrito cart. I felt really bad about this but this shows that life is tough. The reason candidates are made to go through this part of the training is to measure their ability to carry out a plan without getting caught while in public.
Montilla: This is truly vicious and unheard of.
PV: Some have said this. However, the third and last part of the initiation is something nobody in the gang ever forgets. The candidate must drink 32 ounces of menstrual blood collected from a variety of prostitutes that work for the gang. The candidate must drink the blood in three minutes. If the blood has not been finished in three minutes, the candidate is executed. Candidates must pass the different parts of the initiation because once they start they are not allowed to just leave because they will have become very familiar with our internal procedures and the identities of several important members.
Montilla: What has motivated you to provide this information?
PV: Here in Mexico, things are really bad and I just want young people to know the truth. Young guys with no jobs want money and the fancy things in life. They think that you can obtain these things by joining a gang. Well, I’m here to say that joining a gang can get you lots of money, lots of women and you can live a very good life. The bad part is you have to kill a lot of people and you can end up in jail. Also, once you join a gang here in Mexico, you can never leave. I recommend that young people stay in school and try to get a regular job that is not harmful to them or their family.
Montilla: Thank you for your time.
PV: Anytime. Viva Mexico!
"The candidate must drink the blood in three minutes. If the blood has not been finished in three minutes, the candidate is executed. "
"For the first week, you must choose to fight the two best fighters in the gang at the same time. You have to fight them every day for the first week. If you lose on any of those days"...
"On the last attack, she fell down hard and hit her head on the wheel of a burrito cart. I felt really bad about this but this shows that life is tough."
Mexican druglord reveals MMA battles and blood drinking as part of startling gang initiation rituals