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Head of Sinaloa Cartel assassins group murdered in Northern Mexican prison

June 23, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Head of Sinaloa Cartel assassins group murdered in Northern Mexican prison Image of the El Cereso 1 Prison by Achilles Serdán.

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The imprisoned leader of a feared Sinaloa Cartel paramilitary wing of assassins known as Gente Nueva or “New People” was murdered by fellow inmates at a prison in the Mexican state of Chihuahua early Monday morning.

The Chihuahua State Attorney General’s Office said Gente Nueva leader, Juan Carlos López, was stabbed to death inside his cell at the Cereso 1 prison near the border city of Ciudad Juarez early Monday after an altercation with his cellmates, Proceso reported.

The Capo was arrested in June 2014 in the town of Delicias, in southern Chihuahua, during an operation by the Mexican military and the Attorney General’s Office.

Gente Nueva leaderJuan Carlos López was killed in a Mexican Prison in Northern Mexico on Monday

The New People have remained the central Sinaloa Cartel branch operating in the states of Chihuahua and Sonora.

López assumed control of the group’s criminal operations in Chihuahua after the death of his predecessor Francisco Javier Alcantar Soria, maintaining influence in the municipalities of Camargo, La Cruz, Saucillo, Delicias, Meoqui, Julimes, Rosales and in the village Conchos Station.

La Gente Nueva was first formed in 2007 as a paramilitary enforcer wing by Sinaloa Cartel boss Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, who currently remains in a U.S. prison awaiting trial for running a transnational criminal enterprise.

El Chapo formed the paramilitary enforcer group known as Gente Nueva in 2007 (image via Twitter)

The group consists of an army of 5,000 specially trained hitmen nationwide recruited from the ranks of the Mexican military, federal police, Kaibiles (elite soldiers Guatemalans) and private security agents.

The cell of assassins engaged in a brutal four-year-turf war for control of the lucrative Juarez-El Paso drug smuggling corridor against the Juarez Cartel.

The faction has weakened with the loss of top leadership figures who have been captured or killed in recent years, which has correlated with the overall decline of the Sinaloa Cartel throughout Mexico.

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