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New Study: Rise of Jalisco New Generation Cartel has directly resulted to increase Mexico drug violence

March 25, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
New Study: Rise of Jalisco New Generation Cartel has directly resulted to increase Mexico drug violence

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A new policy brief released by the University of San Diego’s Justice in Mexico Project examines how the Mexican government’s so-called “Kingpin Strategy” targeting top organized crime leaders for capture and extradition, has resulted in the rapid rise spread of the upstart Jalisco New Generation Cartel which has directly correlated in an increase in homicides numbers in many parts of Mexico.

The report, “The New Generation: Mexico’s Emerging Organized Crime Threat” analyzes how the accelerated rise of the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (Jalisco New Generation Cartel), also known as the CJNG across Mexico has caused high levels of violence with a national record of 29,000 homicides last year.

The expansion of the CJNG also has corresponded with the growing availability of meth in the U.S. and other major markets, according to the report. And while meth is the primary source of profit, the group has also transitioned into heroin trafficking.

Authors Lucy La Rosa, a graduate student at USD, along with professor David Shirk, the Justice Project’s principal investigator, said that the Guadalajara-based CJNG has profited from the weakening of the Sinaloa Cartel’s control in regions across Mexico and its ability to forge alliances with local drug groups in states such as Baja California, Baja California Sur, Guerrero, Michoacan and, Chihuahua.

“The CJNG has successfully taken advantage of power vacuums resulting from the disruption of leadership structures in Mexican crime groups,” the report said.

Authorities say the CJNG rose to power in the border city of Tijuana by creating an alliance with remaining factions of the once-powerful Arellano Felix Cartel to assume control of the lucrative drug trade from the Sinaloa Cartel.

In the detailed account of the CNJG’s growth, the report tracks the group’s origins to the state of Michoacan “Tierra Caliente” region, the birthplace of the group’s current chief, Ruben Oseguera Cervantes, “El Mencho,” a former police officer who at one time lived in California but was deported after spending three years in a U.S. federal prison for heroin distribution.

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