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Report: Jalisco New Generation Cartel adopting terror tactics including using IEDs

July 25, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Report: Jalisco New Generation Cartel adopting terror tactics including using IEDs

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Mexican intelligence services have raised alarms that the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), one of the most violent drug cartels in Mexico has now turned to the utilization of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) as part of their terrorist-style strategies.

A leaked document from Mexico’s intelligence service CISEN indicated that the ruthless Jalisco New Generation Cartel has recruited former Colombian terrorists to use their explosives and tactics, according to Mexico’s Excelsior.

Officials published the report aimed at stopping the rapid growth of the CJNG, which has surpassed the Sinaloa Cartel as Mexico’s most powerful narco-trafficking organization.

The terrorist turned cartel soldiers come from the Colombian para-military organization formerly known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

The CJNG have adopted terror tactics used by FARC such as utilized IED explosives

Since FARC and the Colombian government agreed to a cease fire, former guerrilla fighters traveled to Mexico and turned into associates where cartels are actively recruiting trained enforcers.

The report warns Mexican military and police forces to alter their tactics when dealing with the CJNG to fight the terrorist tactics employed by the FARC.

Specifically, one tactic of concern is the use of a type of IED commonly termed a potato or “papa” for their shape.

With the extradition of Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, his criminal enterprise spiraled into chaos through infighting and the attack of rival groups.

incidents where the CJNG have used explosives against Mexican security forces and rival groups

The power vacuum opened the door for CJNG to rise as one of the top drug organizations. Previously known as the Mata Zetas or Zeta Killers, the CJNG started as a faction of the Sinaloa Cartel.

The group ultimately broke off and expanded into the international market. The once unheard of CJNG has gained a reputation for being one of the most violent cartels in Mexico.

The cartel has fought against military forces, murdering dozens of soldiers and officers as well as shooting down military helicopters. The organization has also resorted to strapping explosives on their victims and setting them off on recorded warnings to their rivals.

By operating in the European and Asian markets, the CJNG originally kept a lower profile than the Sinaloa Cartel which has drawn most the attention from the U.S. DEA over their dominance of the heroin and opioid smuggling and the ensuing overdose epidemic that has taken over the U.S.

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