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Mexican judge quietly orders releases Jalisco New Generation Cartel founder from prison

January 29, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican judge quietly orders releases Jalisco New Generation Cartel founder from prison

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Although the government of Mexico alleges to be fighting a war against drug cartels, a federal judge unconcernedly released the founding head of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) one of the most dangerous organized criminal groups in the country citing a lack of evidence.

A judge freed Erick “El 85” Valencia Salazar, whose resume includes being the leader of the now-defunct Cartel de Los Valencia, one of the founders of CJNG, and the head of the strike team identified as Mata-Zetas.

The judge ordered the release of Valencia from the Puente Grande prison in Jalisco for “violations of process” and lack of evidence that could back up the charges against him, El Debate reported.

Valencia Salazar top leader of Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) was “presented” to the media in a press release .following his arrest

After spending over five years behind bars, the cartel head was exonerated and released; his whereabouts are not currently clear. Valencia was apprehended in 2012 after a dispute in Jalisco where armed members of the CJNG tried to stop the arrest of their leader.

Valencia obtained his position through family ties in the Valencia Cartel–also referred to as the Millennium Cartel.

The group was part of the Sinaloa Cartel and was linked to the late capo, Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel. Valencia headed the Mata-Zetas under orders from Coronel.

After the Coronel died, Valencia and Ruben Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera Cervantes took over what ultimately became the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

The quiet release of the cartel leader occurred at a time when the Mexican government is announcing direct threats against the CJNG, referring to them as the primary causes of the security problems across the country.

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