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Report: Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) now most powerful group operating in Chihuahua, Mexico

May 29, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Report: Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) now most powerful group operating in Chihuahua, Mexico

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A confidential intelligence report by authorities in the U.S. and Mexico indicates that the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) led by infamous drug lord Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, known as ‘El Mencho’ have assumed control of drug trafficking corridors in the state of Chihuahua.

Violence has returned to the region with the introduction of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel in Chihuahua. As a result, the state has maintained the highest homicide rate since October of last year.

The intelligence report prepared by three U.S. federal law agencies sent to the Justice Department last month and obtained by Mexican news publication Proceso confims that the CJNG allied with former members of the Juarez Cartel and have displaced the Sinaloa Cartel as the top players in the border state.

Investigators at a crime scene where seven bodies were found in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, November 25, 2008. The bodies of seven men with signs of torture and bullet wounds were found alongside three banners threatening rival gangs.REUTERS/Alejandro Bringas

“Disputes over the control of drug trafficking zones known as squares or plazas, between rival Sinaloa cartel factions after the capture of Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzmán Loera have allowed the CJNG to assume control of several major smuggling corridors in Chihuahua,” the confidential document says.

A second report by senior Mexican law enforcement officials says collusion between CJNG and local criminal groups, which includes cooperation from corrupt police officials, has allowed the New Generation Cartel to take over the Juarez border crossing, which remains the main gateway of narcotics into the United States.

“The CJNG have assumed control of the transportation routes of drugs in Chihuahua, by entering into a pact with the criminal group known as La Línea, the one-time armed wing of the Juarez Cartel, which battled the Sinaloa Cartel for control of Juarez during the height of the drug war.

The Jalisco Cartel have allied with members of La Linea pictured above to move into Chihuahua

The alliance has allowed a rapid ascent to control of the plazas in the cities of Ciudad Juárez and Chihuahua,” the report added.

Officials maintain the resurgence of violence in the municipalities of Juárez, Chihuahua, Cuauhtémoc, and the Sierra region of the northern state is not a direct result of the presence of drug trafficking groups, but due to the high level of corruption between state authorities and municipal police.

“Police commandos in the state strongly collude with the criminal groups that control the area. Some authorities are very limited, out of fear of being targeted, along with their families, by cartel syndicates and even the police themselves,” the intelligence report added.

The CJNG have utilized similar strategic pacts to launch forays into other territories controlled by the Sinaloa Cartel.

For example, in Baja California, the group has allied with remnants of the Arellano-Felix Organization to gain a foothold in the border city of Tijuana.

Law enforcement officials on both sides of the border have been alarmed at the rapid growth of the CJNG.

The group now maintains a presence in over 12 Mexican states and have expanded operations in overseas markets including in the U.S., South America, Europe, Africa, and as far away as Australia.

As a result, U.S. and Mexican authorities now consider the CJNG the most powerful cartel in Mexico.

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