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New Drug Cartel In Mexico Could Soon Replace “El Chapo’s” Sinaloa as The Most Powerful Cartel In Mexico

April 10, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
New Drug Cartel In Mexico Could Soon Replace “El Chapo’s” Sinaloa as The Most Powerful Cartel In Mexico

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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s offensive against the Mexican drug syndicates has resulted in the successful arrests of some of the powerful cartel drug lords. Including Sinaloa boss”El Chapo” Guzman, Leaders of Los Zetas, Miguel Angel Z-40 and Omar Trevino Z-42, Knights Templar boss Servando “La Tuta” Gomez and multiple factional leaders of the Gulf Cartel.

However, the arrests have led to the meteoric rise of a new and violent narco-trafficking organization, filling the power vacuum left by the declining drug groups.

In the past few weeks, two deadly ambushes by a Mexican drug cartel has left a total of 20 police officers dead in the state of Jalisco. The narco-trafficking group believed responsible for the attacks go by the unique name, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.(CJNG)

The CJNG launched their first attack on March 20th, ambushing a convoy of elite state police security forces, killing five officers. The ambush was followed with the brazen March 31 attack by the cartel on the Jalisco security commissioner, leading to a gun battle in the urban center of Guadalajara.

And on April 7th, the CJNG launched the single worst attack in recent years on another state security convoy, which left 15 officers dead in the wake of the deadly assault. The latest onslaught on Police forces is being perceived as an act of war against the Mexican Government and have drawn U.S. sanctions, adding the CJNG to the State Department’s Kingpin Narcotics List.

The New Generation Cartel has become the fastest rising drug cartel in Mexico. Based in the western state of Jalisco, the group started out as a part of the Sinaloa Federation under “El Chapo” Guzman’s regional leader Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel.

The group formed after Coronel’s death in 2010 by the Mexican military and soon broke away from the Sinaloa. The CJNG has since expanded to the southeastern tip of Cancun and up towards the Texas border. Because of their original ties with the Sinaloa Cartel, it offered them business connections and practical knowledge.

The calm environment in the Jalisco State gave the group the ability to expand in the region without competition and the cost of engaging in costly turf battles.
As the cartels in neighboring states weakened, the CJNG was able to broaden their territories without resistance.

The New Generation managed to elude the government’s crackdown and grow their ranks by portraying themselves as a vigilante paramilitary group whose purpose was defeating other cartel groups and stopping the drug violence.

The CJNG paramilitary wing called the Mata Zetas (Zeta Killers) carried out the 2011 mass executions of 46 alleged members of the Zetas around the city of Veracruz and leaving corpses laying in the streets.

An online video posted after the murders by the Mata Zetas show its members claiming “our only objective is the Zetas cartel,” calling themselves anonymous warriors, “who are proudly Mexican.”

The CJNG also enhanced their reputation among members of the public by infiltrating the vigilante groups in the Michoacan state and helping drive the rival Knights Templar and Familia Michoacan out of a number of cities in the region.

However, Mexican prosecutors have acknowledged that the vigilante groups still maintain some connections and receive support from the CJNG.

Their leader, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, a.k.a. “El Mencho,” is a former police officer “El Mencho” who has expanded the New Generation’s business outside of drug trafficking to included selling of firearms, kidnappings, gasoline theft, and extortion.

In October 2014, Mexican authorities discovered a gun factory operated by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, where they assembled their very own AR-15 assault rifles.

“It’s highly sophisticated machinery with precise software that allows them to make the exact cuts to finish the guns, which work perfectly,” Jalisco Attorney General Luis Carlos Najera said last year. Intelligence officials also claim the CJNG is the fastest growing trans-national cartel, who have increased their underworld connections globally.

Former International Director of the Drug Enforcement Administration Mike Vigil told Global Post, “The cartels are the perfect hydra, when one gets destroyed, another one just pops up.”

Vigil added, “The Mexican Government has been active against the Cartel Kingpins. But they also need to prosecute corrupt officials that lend them support, destroy the money laundering operations and the cartels infrastructure.”

“The Jalisco Cartel is the fastest growing cartel and in the near future could overtake the Sinaloa cartel as the most significant organized syndicate in Mexico,” Vigil proclaimed.

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