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Ruthless Mexican drug cartel continues to improve technological advancements for weapons manufacturing

February 3, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Ruthless Mexican drug cartel continues to improve technological advancements for weapons manufacturing

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Recent Intelligence reports revealed the growing threat posed by Mexico’s most violent transnational criminal organization, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, a group that continues to enhance capabilities for increased weapons manufacturing used to combat rival drug cartels and Mexican security forces.

The arms are manufactured in clandestine assembly factories using sophisticated technology and methods.

Mexican intelligence identifies the upstart Jalisco New Generation Cartel also known as the CJNG as a violence-prone group with greater operational capabilities compared to any other organized criminal organization operating in the country surpassing the Sinaloa Federation Cartel.

As part of their rapid expansion plan, the CJNG formed alliances and provided weapons to other armed groups that are at war with rival criminal organizations specifically the Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas.

The CJNG employs thousands of heavily armed hitmen across Mexico (Photo: Twitter)

Intelligence officials say the CJNG maintain at least 40 armed cells across Mexico and have access to powerful weapons and artillery.

The rapid rise of the CJNG has coincided with a record surge in the homicide rate south of the border.

Mexico experienced a record number of drug-related murders in decades last year, with the number of homicide cases surpassing the 25,000 mark for the first time in 2017.

Previous reports released by the Mexican government exhibited how CJNG gunmen receive weapons and tactical training by ex-Mexican military operatives and former members of the Colombian terrorist group FARC, a group known for producing their own improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Image shows the location of a clandestine weapons assembly facility raided by Mexican authorities in Guererro back in 2015

To maintain their growing presence, the drug cartel has also developed clandestine arms factories in the Mexican states of Colima, Guerrero, and Jalisco.

The facilities focus on the assembly of assault rifles.

The weapons produced are replicas of the popular Ameican made AR-15 and Russian made AK-47 assault rifles.

CNC milling machines seized at a factory in Guadalajara uses digital files to extract raw material objects, which are usually metals. Files are written in G-code, a basic programming language which tells the machine tool how to make a specific object.

The firearms can be identified by missing factory markings and serial codes.

Additionally, some of the weapons are identified by a metallic color since some factories do not employ the matte finish to protect the firearm from rust, according to Breitbart Texas.

Mexican officials began to uncover CJNG’s clandestine weapons factories back in 2014 in Jalisco, Michoacan, and Baja California.

The Jalisco New Generation Cartel use clandestine factories to manufacture its own assault weapons

The cartel’s technological advancement has since developed to the point where weapons are largely built in Mexico, requiring the group to only purchase ammunition abroad.

By utilizing industrial technology such as CNC milling machines, presses, and other advanced equipment, the CJNG has been able to produce various parts needed to assemble rifles such as the AR-15.

The criminal group also constructed their own vehicle-armoring garages to equip tactical SUVs.

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