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DEA assessment report: Jalisco New Generation Cartel seeks conquest of U.S. east coast

December 19, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
DEA assessment report: Jalisco New Generation Cartel seeks conquest of U.S. east coast

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Mexico’s rapidly growing New Generation Jalisco Cartel (CJNG) are mounting efforts to wrestle control of drug trafficking and distribution on the East Coast of United States from the Sinaloa Federation and Colombian cartels, a recent DEA assessment report revealed.

Cartels are not only battling in Mexico with automatic weapons and grenades for control of smuggling corridors into the U.S. market but are also fighting a business war for control of the U.S. drug distribution markets.

The law of supply and demand and marketing specially designed for the neighborhoods on the east coast of the country is what will determine who controls the lucrative drug trade, which is the criminal organization that sells more drugs, trafficks them faster, sells them at a lower cost and reaches higher levels of purity.

A recently declassified U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s “2016 Annual Risk Assessment Report,” submitted to the Justice Dept. in early December and first accessed by Mexico’s El Universal reveals the astonishing growth of the CJNG over the past 12 months.

Federal officials are alarmed by the rapid expansion of the CJNG in the United States.

Until 2015, law enforcement agencies had only detected the presence of the CJNG in the Pacific coast cities; However, the DEA’s report revealed that the growing intrusion of the criminal organization in additional U.S. markets reached an astonishing ascending rate in 2016.

“It is one of the most powerful groups and has grown rapidly, since breaking away from the Sinaloa Cartel in July 2010,” DEA officials said in the report.

Today the cartel, led by Nemesio Oseguera, “El Mencho” and Jorge Luis Mendoza, ‘La Garra,’ aim to take control the East Coast corridor of the United States, where up until just a few months ago, the CJNG had little to no presence.

In 2015, the CJNG maintained drug distribution hubs in the U.S. cities of Los Angeles and Atlanta, while also controlling West Coast distribution points in San Ysidro, Riverside; Sacramento and San Francisco, California; Reno, Nevada, and Seattle, Washington.

The 2016 report suggests that the criminal organization has since expanded to other strategic areas including Orange County, Santa Rosa, and Portland.

Furthermore, the DEA assessment report surmises that the CJNG would continue its rapid rise by setting its sights on markets located along the eastern seaboard including Miami, Florida; where Colombian cartels and the Sinaloa Federation have maintained hegemony in recent years. But also in the southeastern cities of Gulfport, Mississippi, and Atlanta, Georgia.

2015 DEA ASSESSMENT REPORT

In 2015, the CJNG had limited presence in certain U.S. markets mostly along the U.S. west coast

2016 DEA ASSESSMENT REPORT

The 2016 DEA report reveals a 12-month rapid growth of the Jalisco cartel on the east coast, southern, and northwestern regions of the United States

DEA officials said the Sinaloa Cartel, under the current leadership of Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada and Dámaso López-Nuñez alias ‘El Licenciado,’ still maintains control of more than 60% of the drug trafficking in Miami, although the criminal organization has a new competitor who threatens their dominance.

The report suggests that the CJNG have started to displace the Colombian cartels in Miami and Mississippi.

In Gulfport, Mississippi, the New Generation Jalisco Cartel is not only fighting the Sinaloa Federation but also the Beltran Leyva organization, which, although diminished, still distribute narcotics in several cities in the United States.

Moreover, DEA officials say in less than 12 months; the CJNG have entirely surmounted the Sinaloa Cartel and the Beltran Leyva Organization in Roanoke, Virginia, and Columbia, South Carolina.

Additionally, the upstart cartel now maintains a presence throughout the south.

The report also reveals throughout 2016; the DEA detected “the CJNG further shifted into a transnational organization, which primarily dealt with the trafficking of methamphetamine, but has now expanded to include the trafficking of cocaine, and heroin.”

The growing profits of the CJNG have funded the expansion of their organization.

In contrast to 2015, when the CJNG had mainly trafficked drugs through the Tijuana corridor. In 2016, the report indicates the group has expanded their operations to other frontiers, such as the strategic border cities Nuevo Laredo and Ciudad Juárez, to send their drugs to the east of the United States.

The report’s “Influence Areas of Criminal Organizations in Mexico,” also exposed for the first time what the Mexican government had previously denied. The CJNG now controls nine states Mexico’s Republic: Jalisco, Michoacán, Nayarit, Guanajuato, San Luis Potosí, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Baja California Sur, and Baja California.

A year earlier, this criminal organization had little dominion over any of territories mentioned above.

The vertiginous conquest into Baja California was related to an alliance with remnants of the Arellano Felix Cartel, which since the 1990s had controlled drug trafficking in northwest Mexico.

In total, this year, the CJNG managed to gain control of 13 cities in the United States.

The Jalisco Cartel’s growth in the U.S. correlates with the violence and cruelty the group has unleashed across Mexican territories such as Guadalajara and Tijuana.

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