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Mexican Govt Report: Cartel free-for-all following ‘El Chapo’ extradition behind surge in violence in border state of Chihuahua

March 29, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican Govt Report: Cartel free-for-all following ‘El Chapo’ extradition behind surge in violence in border state of Chihuahua

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Senior officials within the Mexican government have attributed an increase in violence in the Mexican border region of Chihuahua to a conflict between multiple drug trafficking criminal organizations fighting for control of the drug trade in the state.

Mexico’s murder rate recently skyrocketed to levels not seen since the height of the drug war when the Sinaloa and Juarez drug cartels transformed the border city of Ciudad Juarez into the “Murder Capital of the World” from 2008 to 2012.

Although the fighting had seceded in recent years., violent crime has steadily increased over the past 12 months and has since culminated into all-out warfare in the wake of January’s extradition of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa Federation Cartel to the United States.

Violence has once again returned to the Mexican state of Chihuahua following the extradition of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman (AFP)

Authorities have attributed Guzman’s extradition for the escalation of violence in several states including Sinaloa, Baja California, Sonora, Baja California Sur and Chihuahua – which has seen the largest increase in homicides.

An official report by Mexico’s Security Cabinet obtained by El Universal confirms a direct correlation between the surge in violence in Chihuahua and the incursion into Ciudad Juarez by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) which has ignited a conflict with the Sinaloa and Juarez Cartels for control of lucrative smuggling routes into the United States.

The presence of the CJNG has also destabilized remnants of the Juarez Cartel, igniting an internal war within La Línea or The Line, which is the paramilitary wing of the Juarez Cartel.

The strife had been concentrated in Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua City, the state’s capital.

However, violence has spread in recent weeks to the municipalities of Namiquipa, Gómez Farías, Temósachi, Matachi, and the mountainous region of Cuauhtémoc, located in the western part of the state, the scene of a brutal gun battle last week.

César Raúl Gamboa Sosa, alias ‘El Cabo,’ leader of La Linea was killed during a two-hour gun battle last week in western Chihuahua

As JammedUp News previously reported, a massive gunbattle ensued between rival factions on a roadway near Cuauhtémoc resulting in the death of César Raúl Gamboa Sosa, alias ‘El Cabo,’ the leader of the La Linea faction.

Reports indicate Gamboa, a one-time lieutenant of Carlos Arturo Quintana, ‘El 80,’ had fallen out with his former boss after aligning his faction with the CJNG.

Additionally, Quintana, who is wanted for extradition to the U.S. for drug trafficking charges, stands accused of ordering the March 23rd execution of acclaimed Mexican journalist Miroslava Breach in the state’s capital of Chihuahua City.

Mexican officials have confirmed that the rise in violence in several states is attributed to the extradition of ‘El Chapo’

The state’s geographic location, bordering the United States makes Chihuahua a strategic logistical point for the smuggling of narcotics and trafficking of arms, hence the recent escalation in violence the state has experienced.

The security memorandum indicates the conflict for control of the drug trade has prompted a sharp rise in the state’s murder rate during the first five months of state Governor Javier Corral Jurado’s new administration.

Crime stats cited in the  Security Cabinet’s report revealed that from October 2016 and February 2017, Chihuahua ranked first in Mexico among intentional homicides.

According to the report, another factor involves the alleged incursion in the state by cells linked to legendary drug trafficker Rafael Caro Quintero in alliance with remnants of the Beltrán Leyva Organization.

In the document, officials said the cartel free-for-all immediately escalated followed the extradition of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman to New York, where he awaits to stand trial in Brooklyn Federal Court on a 17-count indictment charging him with running a transnational criminal enterprise.

The security document urged prioritizing strengthening surveillance programs as a proactive measure to prevent further outbreaks of violence.

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