Aguililla, Michoacan: Bastion of the CJNG

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Aguililla, Michoacan: Bastion of the CJNG


Aguililla, Bastion of the New Generation Jalisco Cartel

Morelia, Mich., July 16, 2017.- The challenge is clear and forceful: the Jalisco New Generation Cartel has arrived in Michoacán to stay.

With blood and fire, everyone for themself, Michoacán Police, Ministerial, Marines and the military do not care because CJNG's firepower and capacity for mobilization is, apparently, superior to that of the institutions responsible for safeguarding order.

And Aguililla is now the bastion of this powerful cartel; The multiple ambushes so far this year indicate this and the superior weapons used by organized crime confirm this.

A sample: AK-47s, AR-15s, grenade launchers, fragmentation grenades and Barret anti-aircraft 50 mm rifles are the weapons that already commonly carried by the members of the different groups of drug traffickers that control - because they do control - the different regions of Michoacán against municipal and state police bodies that are, in fact, without much preparation for combat.

One of the last mortal encounters occurred last Friday in Aguililla, one of the 113 municipalities that make up the state of Michoacán, which is located southwest of the state and approximately 290 kilometers from the city of Morelia.

Caro cost the government of Michoacán the capture of five members of the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación last July 14 in the municipality of Aguililla's mountains, where this criminal group has its base of operations.

Hours after the Ministry of Public Security announced the apprehension of the CJNG drug traffickers, elements of the Michoacán police were ambushed with a deadly toll: two policemen and a deceased sicario, as well as a wounded policeman, among the towns of El Aguaje and El Charapo, which are a part of the municipality of Aguililla.

The detention

Through a press release, the authorities of the State Attorney General's Office (PGJE) reported on Friday the arrest in Aguililla of five suspected members of the Nueva Generación Jalisco Cartel (CJNG) who were captured with an arsenal and nine vehicles.

The arrest was made during an inter-institutional operation in the El Naranjo Viejo community of this municipality, as part of the actions that comprise the security strategy plan  in the Tierra Caliente region.

Staff of the Regional Prosecutor's Office, in coordination with elements of the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) and the Michoacán Police, detected nine vehicles of different make and five people who were found on the scene when conducting investigations in that locality.

Once a review was made, the armament and cartridges were located, so that the defendants identified as Crispín Z., Luis Alfredo R., Jesús Alejandro V., Lucas F. and Juan José P. were identified.

Eight firearms, 41 chargers, more than 2,000 useful cartridges of various calibers, six grenades, 3.1 kilograms of marijuana and tactical equipment were secured.

However, hours later, at about four o'clock in the afternoon, officers of the Michoacan Police were attacked by bullets when they were traveling through a gap between the towns mentioned, at the height of Naranjo Viejo, in the section Apatzingán - Aguililla, where Two police officers lost their lives as a result of the aggression, which was repelled causing the death of a sicario whose identity is unknown up to now.

After the attack, there was a strong mobilization by elements of the Mexican Army and the State Police, who maintained a strong presence in the area and implemented an operation to try to find the criminals.

At the scene were a .40 mm caliber grenade, as well as .223 mm and 7.62 mm caliber cartridges and a Toyota double cab cherry pickup truck with plates JU-31-555 from the state of Jalisco; The patrol attacked had 12 hits of firearm and more than 100 percutidos cartridges were located in the site.

The deceased policemen responded in life to the names of Francisco Omar C. E. and Luis Enrique C. D., while the wounded agent was identified as Jose Antonio M. A. who was transferred to a Hospital in Apatzingán for his medical attention.

The attacks

So far this year, the police and military operations organized in Aguililla, have tapped this cartel of organized crime but only to that extent because they (CJNG) maintain their presence and hegemony in the region despite the seizures of weapons that have been achieved, which speaks of the capacity this group has to remake its arsenal immediately.

On February 15, in the environs of Peña Colorada and La Nopalera towns, municipality of Aguililla, adjacent to Buenavista Tomatlán, rival bands of drug traffickers faced each other; Military forces came to the scene of the fray and some were shot to death but managed to make their attackers flee. In the confrontation a helicopter of the Mexican Army participated.

After several minutes of fire, the delinquents fled and at the site of the confrontation they abandoned 8 long arms of different calibers; 40 chargers, a grenade launcher, more than 300 useful cartridges and 5 vehicles, all luxury vans.

On March 4, in this municipality, the Secretaries of National Defense and Public Security secured different types of ammunition and tactical equipment after an operation carried out with the objective of maintaining security in the region.

As in the previous month, federal and state forces responded to a call for help after the report of a shooting that had been reported in Peña Colorada, in which one of the brothers Santana, presumed to be the leader of the Los Viagras cartel was omvp;ved.

Military and police are able to secure weapons, cartridges, grenades and supplies.

On March 13, after a clash with the state and federal security forces that make up the Mixed Operations Base, eight men are arrested and held with  50-barrel Barret rifle, another ten long guns, hand grenades and ammunition.

The zafarrancho took place in the community El Charapo, municipality of Aguililla, when elements of the Michoacán Police and Mexican Army carried out an operation and they encountered a convoy of civilians equipped with arms of great caliber and explosives, that attacked them with gunshots.

After several minutes of shooting, the authority managed to subdue the individuals and capture 8 of them; 8 heavy weapons, a 50-gauge Barret, a .38 super-caliber short-gun, and a chisper, as well as 58 gauge gun chargers, a Barrett charger, two disc guns for heavy guns, 8 pistol grips and a hand grenade, as well as several useful cartridges of different calibers.

The detainees were identified as Reyes B., 35, from Tabasco; Juan Manuel H., 42, also from Tabasco; Juan Carlos E., 22, also from Tabasco; Juan Enrique R., 32 years old, originally from Jalisco; Mario P., 34, also from Jalisco; Raymundo M., 27, also from Jalisco; Gonzalo V., 22, also from Jalisco; And Jorge Humberto C., 32, from Zamora, Michoacán, all of whom were transferred to the PGR facilities in Morelia.

That day, due to the danger of the arrival of more civilians and roadblocks, the authority left abandoned in the place three vans in which the detainees moved.

One day after this operation, it would be known that the eight men arrested were members of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel; In their statements, would confess that they had been sent to the municipalities of Aguililla, Apatzingán, Tepalcatepec, Uruapan, Buenavista, Aquila, Zamora and Lázaro Cárdenas, to strengthen the presence in the region of this criminal group.

That same day and as part of the same operatives in the area, Sedena and the Secretary of Public Security seized armament and tactical equipment right there in the community of El Charapo: three firearms, including an assault rifle type AK -47, a .38 super caliber pistol and a .44 Magnum caliber revolver, as well as 11 chargers and 520 useful cartridges.

On Friday, March 24, another clash happened in Aguililla when three policemen would be injured after being attacked by a group of narcos.

The police agents carried out patrolling in that demarcation when at the height of the breach that leads to the locality of Chapula, were attacked from the weeds of a hill, reason why they repelled the aggression; In these events three uniformed men resulted in minor injuries from firearm shells.

Already in April, on January 5, personnel from the Mexican Army and the Michoacán Police detained nine alleged members of the CJNG in this municipality with several long arms, grenadelauncherss and fragmentation grenades.

During the surveillance operation that the federal and state authorities carried out in this demarcation near the town of Bonifacio Moreno, Luis S., Alejandro G., José P., Ronderi T., Arturo F., Juan A., Pablo C., Pablo V., and Francisco L. were detained.

The suspects were seized with four AK-47 long weapons, three AR-15s, a 7.62X39 caliber weapon, a grenade launcher with three .40mm caliber grenades, and a further fragmentation, plus 40 magazines and 800 cartridges of various calibers.