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Mexican authorities arrest top hitman for Jalisco New Generation Cartel

June 21, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Mexican authorities arrest top hitman for Jalisco New Generation Cartel

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Authorities in Mexico have dealt a major blow to the ultra-violent Jalisco New Generation Cartel or CJNG with the capture of the criminal group’s top hitman last week.

The Mexican Attorney General’s Office (PGR) announced Monday the arrest of Juan Francisco ‘N’ during an operation in the western state of Jalisco.

Multiple reports have confirmed that the suspect is identified as Juan Francisco Aguilar Santana alias “Juan Pistolas” a senior cartel operator who acted under the direct orders of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes better known as “El Mencho” the CJNG’s top boss and most wanted drug lord in Mexico and the United States

Mexican intelligence officials say Aguilar Santana was the person in charge with the recruiting and training of “sicarios” or hitmen for the CJNG in the Jalisco state capital of Guadalajara.

During a press conference Monday, Omar Hamid Garcia, director of the PGR’s criminal investigation agency said the operation to capture “Juan Pistolas” occurred on June 9.

Garcia said members of the Mexican military along with PGR agents raided a building in Tlajomulco de Zuniga, a municipality near Guadalajara, resulting in the arrest.

Additionally, authorities launched a simultaneous raid on a house in Zapopan, arresting a presumed lieutenant of “Juan Pistolas,” who was tasked with safeguarding firearms caches.

“He enlisted people to the service of the criminal group in order to maintain control over the zones of Guadalajara and Tlajomulco de Zuniga from the presence of rival criminal groups,” said Garcia.

The cartel hitman allegedly acted under the direct orders of Mexican drug lord Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes also known as “El Mencho” (above)

Prospects recruited by “Juan Pistolas” were taken to military-style camps to receive training in tactical operations and weapons handling.

Agents also managed to seize a load of weapons during the raid.

“The capture of Juan Francisco ‘N’ effects, in a significant way, the distribution of drugs and weapons in the metropolitan area of Guadalajara, and the communications network of the criminal gang,” Garcia added.

The two men were charged with drug trafficking and firearms offenses.

The CJNG started out as a military wing of the Sinaloa Cartel before splintering off to form there own independent group.

The Jalisco New Generation Cartel has rapidly expanded in a few short years and now maintains the largest physical presence across the Mexican territory, even now challenge the Sinaloa Cartel for dominance over the Mexican drug trade.

The cartel’s rapid ascendancy has also correlated with the record levels of violence in Mexico.

Authorities have blamed the group for a number of violent acts in Mexico and specifically in Guadalajara.

Earlier this year, the CJNG were allegedly implicated in the disappearance of three film students whose remains were dissolved in acid and the attempted the assassination of the former Jalisco state attorney general.

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