Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from an El Debate article
Subject Matter: Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion
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There is a Federal intelligence report that analyzed the involvement of the most dangerous cartel of the last six years, as the most dangerous in 2016.
The document affirms that in the last year the criminal group led by Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, El Mencho, and the Gonzalez Valencia family, who go by the nickname Los Cuinis, have consolidated a meteoric rise in the strategy of expansion, where they control almost totally six coastal states of the country, Colima, Jalisco, Michoacan, Guerrero and the two of Baja California, and are exercising power in zones that were historically in the hands of other groups.
The other zones are the states of Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Morelos, Puebla, Quintana Roo and Mexico state. The organizations that, according to the document have been resisting the advance of the CJNG are; The Pacific Cartel, The Cartel del Golfo, Los Zetas, The Knights Templar and La Familia Michoacana.
The lecture gave a perturbing conclusion, that the CJNG was the big winner in the last ten years of war between the cartels.
In 2015 the criminal group led by El Mencho were ambushing and confronting the state forces. Between March and May of this year, sicarios of the CJNG confronted the Gendarmeria with five agents dead, the Fuerza Unica Regional with 15 elements killed and elements of the 32nd Battalion of Infantry with four elements dead.
In May of this year, in the middle of an operation to capture its leader, the cartel sicarios unleashed violence in 15 distinct points in Jalisco, during which the set fire to property and vehicles, had gun battles and narco blockades.
According to the Federal intelligence source interviewed by this writer, in 2016 the CJNG modified its strategy; abandoning the war against Forces, Federal, State and Municipals, to strengthen its structure against antagonistic groups with which it was contesting control of territories and illicit activities.
At the same time it established alliances of convenience in territories where there had been detentions or deaths of leaders of other criminal organizations.
Between these two strategies, the CJNG had incursions definitively into 15 states of the country. It has augmented its operations like no other criminal organization to date, said the document.
The authorities confirm that the cartel of El Mencho has the opportunity to control the majority of plazas along the Mexican Pacific, because it is here that see the arrival of precursor chemicals for the production of synthetic drugs, and shipments of cocaine from South American countries.
As well as rabid cleaning of plazas from rival organizations, this criminal group has completely taken over Jalisco. According to the document, has tried to lower its profile in the state, to avoid confrontations during operation Jalisco. The document reviews, however, that the organization is responsible for kidnappings, extortion, disappearances, homicides in the state.
The CJNG its also attributes to gasoline theft in one of the states of the country with the majority of clandestine pipeline tapping's.
The document also signalled that Jalisco is the principal bastion of the cartel for money laundering and production of synthetic drugs. Here they stockpile the drugs created in Michoacan, Oaxaca, Guerrero and Chiapas, whose destination also is the United States. Here they take in the precursor chemicals and ship out the drugs to the ports.
The cartels that have functioned for a decade have been in the most part pulverized. And around those territories in ruins have been born the CJNG. As if the countries war on drugs has only served to give birth to and strengthen the CJNG.
In areas that were once in the possession of the Gulf Cartel, Los Zetas, La Familia Michoacana or the Knight Templar, only the name of the executioner has changed.
Original article in Spanish at El Debate