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Ruthless Mexican drug lord delivers warning to Michoacan population on WhatsApp

October 30, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Ruthless Mexican drug lord delivers warning to Michoacan population on WhatsApp

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The ruthless leader of Mexico’s most powerful drug cartel used the Whats App text messaging service to deliver a chilling message to the population living in the strife-ridden southern state of Michoacán and the surrounding areas, warning not to venture outdoors after a particular time.

Michoacan is located in the Tierra Caliente region encompassing the state of Guerrero. Situated on the Pacific coast, Michoacan’s geographical location along with its interconnecting roads makes the state a significant strategic location for drug trafficking groups for the production and transit of narcotics.

Mexican military officials estimate that there are as many as 12 criminal bands currently operating in Michoacan in the cultivation of several types of drugs.

However, two upstart cartels are fighting for total control of the region. La Nueva Familia (New Family) Michoacana, consisting of former remnants of the Knights Templar Cartel, and the hyper-violent Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).

Led by one of the most-feared drug bosses in Mexico, Nemesio Cervantes Oseguera, better known as “El Mencho,” the CJNG has been behind a recent surge in violence in the state.

According to El Debate, authorities have attributed Oseguera as the author of a recent text message sent via WhatsApp to the population of Michoacan.

In the mass text, “El Mencho,” warned of a looming “drug war” that would soon escalate in the municipalities of Aparzingán, Zamora, Zahuayo, Jiquilpan, Venustiano Carranza, Cojumatlán, Pajuacarán, and Ixtlán.

The cartel leader also vowed to “exterminate” the New Family before delivering a chilling message, which he urged residents not to venture outdoors past a certain time so civilians wouldn’t be mistaken for their rivals.

“From Tuesday the 25th, I call on people not to go out after 10 pm so not to get confused because now starts the elimination of all the rats of the New Familia Michoacana throughout the Tierra Caliente,” the text read.

The message, which included a video without audio showing several heavily armed men, also threatened to eliminate several other groups operating in the region.

The escalating violence in the state has led to a re-emergence of armed civilian self-defense groups in Michoacan.

Earlier this year, Fed-Ex suspended service to a large portion of areas in Michoacan and Guerrero as a result of the deteriorating security situation.

A 2015 DEA report identified the CJNG as the fastest growing cartel operating in Mexico and are now considered the main rivals of the Sinaloa cartel.

The rapidly expanding CJNG have also begun mounting violent challenges against rival criminal organizations for control of drug trafficking territories in the states of Veracruz, Colima, and Baja California.

Content taken from El Debate has been translated by JammedUp News

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