Cartel Jalisco New Generation: how it went from being an armed wing of 'El Chapo' to a great threat to the US

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Cartel Jalisco New Generation: how it went from being an armed wing of 'El Chapo' to a great threat to the US


The extreme violence with which this criminal organization operates since its inception has allowed it to extend its tentacles in key areas of Mexico for drug trafficking: fertile areas, important cities, ports and border access to the United States. Through an effective scheme of drug distribution and money laundering he has amassed a fortune.


20 OCT 2018 - 1:33 PM EDT

If someone searches the Internet for information about the Jalisco Cartel Nueva Generación (CJNG), they will run into the archive of barbarism: there is the video of a drug trafficker who is shot in the head, the note about the murders of three students movies, the confessions of recruited teenagers forced to eat human flesh and even a dreadful recording in which a man appears who is exploded alive using a stick of dynamite sticking in his chest.

Among the multiple crimes attributed to the assassins of that organization appears the case of the famous youtuber known as 'El Pirata de Culiacán'. Mexican authorities are still investigating whether by publicly threatening the leader of the group, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, alias 'El Mencho', this young man received 18 bullet wounds inside a Guadalajara bar at the end of 2017.

That extreme violence applied in each of its operations has allowed these narcos to extend their domains even to the Asian continent in less than a decade.

The extradition to the US of its main enemy, Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán, founder of the Sinaloa cartel, played in his favor. Several reports elaborated on both sides of the border agree that 'El Mencho' is the new king in the underworld.

"Basically what has given power and notoriety to this cartel is its violence," said Tymothy Massino, a Los Angeles spokeswoman for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in a recent interview with Univision Noticias.

This unit has noticed the vertiginous growth in the last five years of the cartel in Southern California, its main center of operations in the US, and affirms that it already has a money laundering system as sophisticated as that established by the operators of the Chapo '.

Although they are antagonistic, the smuggling methods of both organizations are similar: to produce or receive drugs in Mexico, take them to the border, cross them in vehicles, store them in warehouses, distribute them to different US cities and send the profits in cash or through illicit transactions.

"The amount of traffickers and money launderers who are in Southern California is disturbing," Massino warns without providing specific figures. "There are more people who see the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel over the Sinaloa cartel, but that is now a perception," the spokesperson warned.

Its beginnings and expansion
It has not been long since the CJNG made its brutal appearance in Veracruz, where it was called 'Los Matazetas'. Then it was thought that it was a paramilitary group that declared war on the Los Zetas cartel. But it was not like that. That morning in 2011 his assassins left in a tourist area of ​​Boca del Rio two vans with the bodies of 35 people, including women. The corpses were tied and had signs of torture. All died asphyxiated.

Its real origin was like an armed arm of the Sinaloa cartel that became independent after an internal division in the summer of 2013. Initially, it was led by associates of capo Ignacio 'Nacho' Coronel, uncle of Emma Coronel, wife of 'El Chapo' Guzmán, who operated a cell in Jalisco until he died in a confrontation with Mexican authorities in July 2010.

But the group began to see its best period under the command of the bloodthirsty and elusive Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, 'El Mencho'. It is believed that he has been prevented from being captured not only by the assassins who accompany him, but also by the protection provided by police and corrupt officials in his bastion, Jalisco. In fact, he was a state policeman before becoming a drug lord.

The Jalisco Cartel Nueva Generación (CJNG) has broadcast videos to show its arsenal and the number of assassins it has.

According to the Department of Justice of the United States (DOJ), this mafioso has achieved at the point of bullets and bribes the expansion of the cartel in 23 of the 31 states of Mexico, as well as in several US cities, including Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento (California), El Paso, Laredo, Houston, Dallas (Texas), Miami, Orlando (Florida), New York, Denver (Colorado), Atlanta (Georgia), Chicago (Illinois) and San Juan (Puerto Rico).

Federal accusations published this week against Oseguera Cervantes, his son and his accomplices reveal that the group has also extended its tentacles to several countries in the world.

"It's a high priority"
"The CJNG was founded only nine years ago, but already has a presence in three quarters of the Mexican states, as well as in Europe, Asia and Australia," said Attorney General Jeff Sessions, announcing this week that they were up 5 million. from dollars to $ 10 million the reward to capture 'El Mencho'.

Sessions said that this poster is one of the five main threats facing the US. On that list are the terrorist group Hezbollah, the Mara Salvatrucha gang (MS-13), as well as the El Golfo and Sinaloa cartels.

"We believe that they traffic at least five tons of cocaine and five tons of methamphetamine to the US each month, and we believe they are responsible for operating more than 100 methamphetamine laboratories in Mexico," said the attorney general. "They are in our sights, this poster is a high priority," he added.

Your 'places' in Mexico
The power of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel would not be the same if it did not control key territories for drug trafficking in Mexico: fertile areas, important cities, ports and border crossings.

A report that the Research Service of the US Congress published in July states that its domain in Veracruz, Colima and Michoacán -where the three most important Mexican ports are located- has allowed it to have access to chemicals used in the elaboration of narcotics. These shipments arrive in containers from China and Latin American countries.

"As a result, the CJNG was able to follow an aggressive growth strategy, backed by the demand for methamphetamine and heroin in the US," the analysis says.

For that huge illegal trade has made a fortune. For the sample a button: a cell of the cartel operating in northern Illinois laundered more than 100 million dollars from the sale of narcotics for four years. To avoid scrutiny by the authorities, the band bought gold bars and resold them in businesses in California and Florida. The proceeds were transferred to the heads of the cartel in Mexico through the bank account of a business dedicated to the sale of shares.

By labeling it one of the "most prolific drug trafficking organizations" in the world, the Treasury Department revealed in October 2016 that the CJNG and an accomplice organization, 'Los Cuinis', owned multiple businesses, real estate, hotels, restaurants and even newspapers in Mexico.

On the other hand, the bloody wars that have starred against the cartel of 'El Chapo' on the border have allowed it to have presence in two accesses to the US. Only in Tijuana that battle that is waged block by block has left a balance of more than 1,600 murders so far this year.

"CJNG's ambitious expansion campaign has led to high levels of violence, particularly in Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana, where it has faced the Sinaloa federation for control of the lucrative heroin trade and the corresponding smuggling routes," cites the Report of the Research Service of the US Congress.

Despite the arrests and murders of several of its leaders, this organization has managed to extend its geographical reach and maintains its strength while fragmenting its Sinaloan enemies. Due to a similar situation faced by the Knights Templar cartel, the CJNG also took off in Michoacán.

In addition, it has known how to take advantage of the fact that the efforts of the authorities on both sides of the border have been focused for several years on the operations of 'El Chapo' Guzmán. They were not in the radar center like now.

"The group would be responsible for distributing cocaine and methamphetamine along 10,000 kilometers of the Pacific coast, on a route that extends from the Southern Cone to the US-Canada border," concludes the analysis, which lists it as " the largest and most dangerous poster in Mexico. "

According to the expert in drug trafficking, David Shirk, professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of San Diego (California), the capture of 'El Mencho' and the combat of his group is the great challenge inherited by the new Mexican president , Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

"It is in the middle of a war against the Sinaloa cartel and that has increased the homicide rate, reflecting that the extremely violent tendencies that we saw a decade ago are repeating," he warns. "Mexico has a great dilemma at the end of this government and the beginning of the next."

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More from Insight Crime, on the US's extradition request of Menchito, impunity for CJNG.  Just more info than the $10 mil put out for Mencho.