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Drug cartel violence engulfs Mexican state of Michoacán following kingpin’s arrest

March 18, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Drug cartel violence engulfs Mexican state of Michoacán following kingpin’s arrest

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Hundreds of armed drug cartel operatives were dispatched in throughout the southern Mexican state of Michoacán in an attempt to secure the release a recently captured capo who was apprehended after media outlets published photographic evidence of the Mexican Army’s relationship with the regional drug boss.

The violence erupted one day after soldiers detained Jordy Villa Patricio, a man also known as Jordy “El H” Oseguera, the leading enforcer for Los Viagras Cartel in Michoacán and the nephew of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, better known as “El Mencho” the leader of the infamous Jalisco New Generation Cartel or CJNG.

His apprehension occurred six days after multiple news outlets including Breitbart Texas released a series of pictures where Oseguera is seen socializing with members of the Mexican army.

The drug cartel leader is the nephew of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes “El Mencho”, leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

After the photos were released, a task force comprised of Michoacán police and the army captured Oseguera and transported him to Morelia.

In response, Los Viagras gathered hundreds of gunmen to establish blockades and fires to pressure the government into freeing Oseguera.

All major highways in Michoacán, including those connecting to Guerrero, were blocked by flaming trucks left by Los Viagras.

The gunmen also torched various businesses and conducted other acts of terror.

One of the torched cars exploded outside of the Transit Police Station in Zamora. The number of injuries or fatalities has not yet been reported.

The same tactic previously worked for the cartel in recent weeks after they pressured the government to avoid arresting Gabino Sierra Santa, the brother of Nicolas “El Gordo” Sierra, the head of Los Viagras and Oseguera’s boss.

Violence perpetrated by rival cartels has resulted in an escalating number of intense gun battles and gory executions in Michoacan while officials try to depict the state as peaceful.

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