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Mexican Government Readies the Hammer Against the Jalisco Cartel After Downing of Helicopter

May 6, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican Government Readies the Hammer Against the Jalisco Cartel After Downing of Helicopter

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The violence unleashed by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) has galvanized the resolve of President Nieto’s government. In March and April ambushes by the cartel left 15 police officers dead. Last week the CJNG brought down a military helicopter, killing five and taking another three soldiers, hostage.

The Cartel has caused chaos in the Pacific state of Jalisco after the military conducted an operation targeting the CJNG leadership.

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The CJNG set fires to gas stations and dozens of buildings across the state

The cartel responded by setting up roadblocks across the state, setting fires to dozens of buildings, gas stations, and vehicles. In addition, cartel members engaged in armed confrontations with the Mexican security forces, which resulted in seven casualties.

Mexico’s National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido Garcia confirmed that the CJNG was responsible for bringing down the helicopter with a rocket-propelled grenade. The brazen shootdown of the chopper displays CJNG’s disregard by carrying out theses reckless attacks against the military forces.

However, the CJNG may have overplayed their hand by deploying a strategy taking on the government. President Enrique Peña Nieto already has annouced his intentions
on Twitter, where he vowed to bring down the CJNG in a similar fashion.

Mexican President vows to dismantle the CJNG after latest attack

Mexican President vows to dismantle the CJNG after latest attack

“The criminal group responsible for today’s acts will be dismantled, as has happened with [Mexico’s] other organized crime organizations,” the tweet reads.

Following the downing of the helicopter, Rubido Garcia confirmed the Nieto’s intention to bring down the hammer on the CJNG in a press conference. “The Mexican government shall conduct a significant effort to capture the leader of the CJNG, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, alias “El Mencho,” Garcia proclaimed.

The CJNJ’s approach has doomed narco-syndicates in the past including the Los Zetas. In the past, when narco-traffickers, such as Los Zetas have committed astounding acts of violence against the state, the response from Mexican forces would often be swift and harsh. It resulted in either the killing or capturing of the group’s top leaders.

Commandos conduct raid in the Jalisco state

Commandos conduct raids in the Jalisco state

In comparison with the Sinaloa Cartel, which continues to operate in a low-key fashion, avoiding armed conflict.

Under the leadership of “El Chapo” Guzman, who at the time was the most wanted man in the world, the Sinaloa Cartel made it a policy to avoid confrontation with the government at all costs. Employing a strategy of “bribe before the bullet” instead.

The current leaders have preferred to remain out of the spotlight, which is the primary reason they have been able to continue their operations despite the arrest of “El Chapo Guzman.”

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