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Gulf and Jalisco New Generation Cartels At War With Los Zetas For Control of Veracruz

August 1, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Gulf and Jalisco New Generation Cartels At War With Los Zetas For Control of Veracruz

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Some content has been translated from an article published in Blog Del Narco

A territorial dispute between three of the most violent drug cartels has triggered a wave of violence and insecurity in recent days in the city of Veracruz.

So far the death toll has reached 22 leaving the state and federal authorities unable to stop the onslaught of organized crime groups.

According to Blog Del Narco, the violence broke out between the Los Zetas, the New Generation Jalisco Cartel (CJNG) and the Gulf Cartel (CDG).

The criminal groups are all jockeying for control of the area, which are vital drug smuggling routes into the United States, and to conduct other crimes including fuel theft.

The Zetas have maintained power in Veracruz. However, it is now facing a two front assault from the Gulf cartel for control of the vital drug smuggling routes into the United States. And from the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel, who want control of the ports of Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz and Tuxpan.

The ports are logistical gold mines for receiving shipments of the chemical precursors for manufacturing synthetic drugs and for the outgoing shipments of narcotics destined for Europe and Russia.

On Saturday 25 July, authorities discovered the bodies of three people suspected traffickers in the trunk of a taxi on a highway in the municipality of Yanga.

The following day, the bodies of five young men, who showed signs of torture, were discovered in the state capital; followed by two mangled corpses, which were found on two separate rural roads. Police suspect all were casulties of the ongoing narco conflict.

The Zetas, who were once the paramilitary wing of the Gulf Cartel, helped its former bosses reign supreme in Veracruz.

However, In 2010, after many key leaders of the Gulf cartel were either captured or killed, the Zetas splintered from their Gulf brethren to form its own independent criminal organization.

The Zetas immediately took control in Veracruz and expelled the weakened Gulf Cartel, who took refuge in Tamaulipas.

Like the Zetas, the CJNG started out as a paramilitary wing of the Sinaloa cartel called Mata Zetas or Zeta Killers in the western state of Jalisco.

The group would eventually transform into the New Generation Jalisco Cartel.

One of the group’s first ventures was on September 20, 2011, where 49 corpses of alleged Zetas corpses were dumped in the streets of Boca del Rio, Veracruz.

The group even released a video in which they offered “apologies” to the people of Mexico and federal corporations.

According to law enforcement, sources, the Gulf faction in Veracruz seeks to control and prevent the passage by Los Zetas in the Tamaulipas drug route to the United States. The Zetas must also fend off the onslaught of CJNG, which seeks to conquer the ports.

With the city of Veracruz facing a power struggle between three cartels, the scenario could be a prelude to a possible announcement of federal forces intervening into the city, to quell the violence.

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