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Mexico’s New Generation Cartel suffers major blow following the death of main Colombian cocaine supplier

September 15, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Mexico’s New Generation Cartel suffers major blow following the death of main Colombian cocaine supplier

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Mexico’s Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) suffered a major blow following the recent death of the group’s main cocaine supplier Víctor David Segura Palacios, who was killed during a firefight last week in Colombia.

Known by the simple alias “David,” Víctor David Segura Palacios is described by the Colombian government as a “large-scale” drug trafficker who was killed by military forces last Saturday during a pre-dawn raid in the port city of Tumaco.

According to local reports, Segura was sought by Colombian authorities for several warrants including numerous homicides, and aggravated conspiracy.

“David” was also the subject of a blue notification issued by Interpol for his immediate extradition to the United States where he is wanted for an international drug trafficking indictment.

Víctor David Segura Palacios (above) Photo: Colombian National Police

The purported drug lord was credited with controlling 4% of Colombia’s cocaine exports in 2017.

Authorities believe the fall of Segura will have a direct effect on the transnational criminal links he had in Mexico.

Colombian Ministry of Defense officials reported that Segura “maintained close alliances” with Mexico’s Jalisco New Generation Cartel but avoided providing details of the case due to the high-level nature of the investigation.

Defense Minister Guillermo Botero said “security forces arrived by helicopter at a house where intelligence indicated Segura was hiding.

A gunbattle quickly ensued, resulting in the deaths of narco-trafficker and his sister.

“We would have preferred to have detained him and later extradited him where he would have received a very long sentence in the United States,” Botero said.

Segura was a former member of the leftist group known as Colombia’s Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or FARC.

Colombian security forces pose with the bodies of David and his sister

However, after refusing to take part in the peace process with the Colombian government, “David” along with his brother late brother, Yeison Segura Mina, alias “Don Y,” along with other dissidents created an insurgent splinter group of known as “United Guerrillas of the Pacific.”

The syndicate is one of the most significant criminal organizations operating on Colombia’s Pacific coast, according to InSight Crime.

Colombian government officials credited Segura “with raising the criminal phenomenon” in the southern region of the Nariño Department,” and was responsible for ordering dozens of drug-related executions as part of a turf war against rival criminal groups.

The violence caused by the struggle for control of one of the world’s most prominent drug trafficking corridors has also resulted in the countless deaths of innocent civilians and has led to the displacement of at least 4,000 people in the region.

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