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DEA: Jalisco New Generation Cartel hovering over Ciudad Juarez

February 13, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
DEA: Jalisco New Generation Cartel hovering over Ciudad Juarez

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For years, there has been a war for control of the coveted Ciudad Juarez-El Paso Plaza, a term used for strategic trafficking corridors, utilized for the smuggling of illegal narcotics and humans into the United States.

Located in the border state of Chihuahua, the city of Juarez sits just across El Paso, Texas, making it the crown jewel of drug smuggling into the U.S. market.

The ongoing conflict between a group called La Linea, (The Line), the armed wing of the Juarez drug cartel and the current hosts, the Sinaloa cartel once headed by Joaquin ‘Chapo’ Guzman has led to some of the worst mass carnage ever committed in the history of the drug war

Since 2006, the conflict has resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of people, earning Ciudad Juarez the title ‘The Murder Capital of the World.”

Although the violence has receded in recent years, hostilities remain between the two drug cartels.

However, there now appears to be a new actor on stage, which has U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials alarmed that the group’s presence could potentially re-ignite the violence that had devastated the city in previous years.

The border city of Juarez has been ravaged by cartel-related violence since 2006

A senior U.S. official warns that the New Generation Jalisco Cartel, also referred to as the CJNG, has been slowly and quietly encroaching into Ciudad Juárez to control what is considered the most important border crossing for the of smuggling cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine into the U.S. Market.

According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Division chief in South Texas, the CJNG has quietly started using these two cities as their logistical operations center.

“In the Juarez-El Paso corridor, we are starting to make some arrests and confiscations related to CJNG,” Will R. Glaspy, the DEA special agent-in-charge and chief of the Division of El Paso told Proceso Magazine in a recent interview.

He added: “The operations of the CJNG in this area represent a new dynamic for us. For years in this region operated the Juárez Cartel; Then came the people of Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, which sparked the war between Juarez and Sinaloa.”

Glaspy said the presence of the CJNG in Ciudad Juarez took the DEA by surprise and has raised alarms.

DEA has confirmed the increased presence of the CJNG in Juarez

Until a couple of years ago, the U.S. government’s intelligence agencies argued that the CJNG – which is considered the most economically powerful in Mexico – trafficked drugs almost exclusively to the European market.

However, in collaboration with the Los Cuinis Cartel – founded and managed from prison by Abigaíl González Valencia, ‘El Cuini,’ who is considered the richest drug trafficker in the world – the CJNG, led by Nemesio Oseguera Cárdenas, ‘El Mencho,‘ is continuing its rapid expansion into the U.S. market.

The Sinaloa cartel, long known for its hegemony, has delved into turmoil since the arrest and recent extradition of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman to the United States, with leaders of different factions now jockeying to assume control of the criminal organization.

Damaso Lopez Nunez known as ‘El Licenciado,’ who leads the Los Damaso faction of the Sinaloa cartel, has moved to displace the sons of ‘El Chapo’ and his longtime partner Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada from power.

The move has further destabilized the criminal organization and has unleashed a wave of violence in the state of Sinaloa.

According to the DEA, with Guzman’s cartel at its weakest state, the CJNG has now sought to capture the strategic border crossing.

It wouldn’t mark the first time the group has invaded territory held by the Sinaloa cartel.

Immediately after the apprehension of ‘Chapo’ Guzman in January 2016, the CJNG entered into a strategic partnership with remnants of the Arellano-Felix Organization and made a similar incursion into the border city of Tijuana.

Considered less pretentious and more tactical than the Sinaloa Cartel, especially in comparison to the faction led by the sons of ‘Chapo’ Guzman, the CJNG arrived in Ciudad Juárez without making any noise.

The people of El Mencho and Los Cuinis have thus far operated in a clandestine manner in Ciudad Juarez, choosing to remain outside the violent war between the remnants of the Juárez Cartel and the fraction of ‘Chapo’ Guzmán.

But, as the turmoil and unrest continue to grow within the Sinaloa organization, the DEA expects the CJNG, known for their spectacular displays of abhorrent violence, to make their move undoubtedly.

Written by Michael Falzarano
Senior drug war research analyst and co-founder of JammedUp

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