Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Jalisco, Nayarit and Colima: Betrayal Brews Narco-Violence in these 3 states

Monday, February 7, 2011 |

 La Jornada

México, DF. The third quarter of 2010 marked the beginning of a new wave of violence that was headed towards the states of Jalisco, Nayarit and Colima, provicated by a dispute between two sides: The alliance of a group of  Zetas and a faction of the fractured Beltrán Leyva Organization, are fighting against a coalition of the Sinaloa, los Valencia, La Familia and Gulf cartels.

The escalation of this troubling situation has caused the government of Jalisco to elaborate on its new strategy to combat organized crime. This includes setting up police checkpoints at important avenues and streets in Guadalajara to look for, and inspect cars with out of state license plate, particularly those from Tamaulipas and Michoacán.

They are also looking into building more military outposts in the areas were official and military traffic share the roads between the rural zone of Jalisco and Michoacán, this is in accordance to official statements released this past week and obtained by La Jornada.

Criminal groups consider the zone to one of the most important points of reception of precursor chemicals from Asia that are used to manufacture synthetic drugs, (mostly crystal meth). Often, cocaine shipments from Central and South American nations make there way through the area as well. Overall, the metropolitan zone of  Guadalajara was considered a sanctuary city for major narcotics traffickers and their families until about one year ago, according to officials present at a meeting of the National Security Cabinet (el Gabinete de Seguridad Nacional y del Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Pública).

The initial cause of the violence (according to information obtained by La Jornada) was the execution of Alejandro Coronel at the hands of Los Zetas, which happened early in April of 2010. His father, the infamous capo Ignacio 'Nacho' Coronel Villarreal, died on the 31rst of July that same year, he was killed by gunshot wounds sustained during a lone confrontation with elements from the Mexican Army.


 Ignacio "Nacho" Coronel, Jefe of the Jalisco Plaza (deceased)
 Those who were interviewed agreed that these two deaths signaled there was a split between in Nacho coronel's group; the people loyal to the Sinaloa cartel led by  El Chapo Guzmán Loera, began calling themselves La Resistencia, and the rival faction, formally led by Nacho himself broke off under the name of  cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (The Next Generation Cartel of Jalisco or CJNG).

According to the numbers from the national homicide database, the murders that are associate with organized crime have multiplied in the three southern states. In 2009 there were 37 murders in Nayarit, the following year, that number rose dramatically to 377; in Colima 33 murders were reported in 2009 and in 2010, the number rose to 101.

As for Jalisco, the level of violence in major: 2009 seaw 261 murders while the following year 593 homicides were attributed to organized crime groups. In one month, January has seen 72 homicide opened in Jalisco.

Death Arrives as Alliances are Made and Broken.

October 28, 2009 - Orlando Nava, 'El Lobo Valencia' (recently extradited to the U.S.) was arrest. He was the principal operator for Nacho Coronel. According to the Secretary of Public Security (SSP) of Jalisco, that was the beginning of the fracture in the group led by Coronel Villarreal which maintained control of all the state of Nayarit, Colima and Jalisco.

 El Lobo Valencia, Leader of los Valencia / Milenio cartel

After the capture of El Lobo Valencia, federal authorities say Guzmán Loera was looking for a way to boost his organizations presence in the zone occupied by his colleague 'Nacho' Coronel, and he began to plot against him. Chapo began to send his own people into the plaza's of Jalisco, this action cause territorial disputes to arise between the two capo's sicario cells. The confrontations generated a major number of violent executions, jumping from from148 in 2008 to 261 in 2009, figures backed up by official government statistics and studies.

April 7th, 2010 - At the luxurious tourist destination called Paradise Village, located in Nuevo Vallarta, Alejandro Coronel – who was allegedly wround17 years old– was abducted along with two of his friends while Fernando Gurrola Coronado, ex president of the Student Council of Guadalajara, was simultaniously executed on the spot at the Vallarta campus.

Official accounts say that these deaths were committed by members of the Zeta organization, however  it is a well known rumor that it was actually Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán who was behind the killings.

Days later, Nacho Coronel group gave authorities the location of the body belonging to Santiago Lizárraga, El Chaguín, principal operator for the Beltrán Leyva organization in Nayarit, in fact 12 more sicarios were subsequently killed and their bodies were incinerated in response to the killing of Nacho's son.

State and federal authorities agree that after the death of his son, Nacho Coronel began to lose control of his zone of operation, inparticular the strategic entrance into Jalisco from Michoacan was quickly taken by members of La Familia, los Valencia and the Gulf cartel, with the full support of Guzmán Loera.


 BB Sidenote: It should also be noted that  Clara Elena Laborín Archuleta,supposed wife of Capo Hector Beltran Leyva, known as "El Hache," was left on the sidewalk of the streets of De la Reforma and Luis Donaldo Colosio, right next to the University of Sonora, with her hands and feet tied and her head wrapped with a piece of cloth up to her nose, after she had been abducted by presumed members of Nacho Coronel's group. In an apparant act of mercy (or possibly weakness due to shock from the loss of his son) Don Nacho let her live and she was found with this message:


"We are going to teach you how to be a man and to respect family, murderer of children. Here is your wife, which you refused to answer for. I hand her back to you healthy and safe so you can see and learn that for us family is sacred. We do not kill women or children, we are only going after `El Hache´ y `El Dos Mil,´ as well as several police officers working for Hector Beltran Leyva and Francisco Hernandez Garcia." 

July 31rst 2010 - The Mexican Army conducts an operation in Colinas de San Javier, where Ignacio Coronel Villarreal was eventually gunned down by army elements. In Jalisco's upper echelon of government, it is said the Don Nacho's position was betrayed by his former associates in the Sinaloa cartel. 5 days after his death, The CNGN announces they are operating independently in the region through a video released on YouTube, they also say the state is off limits to outside groups and organizations.

Local authorites say this organization is a collection of former operators, distributors and sicarios who are native born to Jalisco and once loyal to Ignacio Coronel and his son.

Their principal rival is a group calling themselves La Resistencia, they are supported by the Sinaloa, La Familia, Gulf and los Valencia (a.k.a. Milenio) cartels. LR is composed mostly of people born in Durango, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas, Michoacán and the state of México,indicated SSP officials working in Jalisco. After the death of Nacho Coronel, the Sinaloa cartel was left with three leaders: Joaquín Guzmán Loera, Ismael 'El Mayo' Zambada and Juan José Esparragoza Moreno, 'El Azul'.

Authorities in Nayarit, Colima and Jalisco say that the CJGN is made up of 25-30 year olds with maintain residence in  Guadalajara, Zapopan, Tlajomulco, Tlaquepaque, Tonalá, Juanacatlán y El Salto.

In recent days, the state administration has said that intelligence reports it has received indicate that La Resistencia is estimated to have about 200 members, mostly men who are very well trained in military tactics and can use their skills to great operational capacity.

This group –according to local authorities– is led by high ranking members of the Gulf and La Familia Michoacana,  and this coalition has taken over territories in Jalisco that were formally under Sinaloa control.  Experts agree that it would be likely to see an implosion of  La Resistencia, infighting between those who wish to stay under the auspice of the Sinaloa cartel and those who wish to have complete control of key plazas in Jalisco and are mostly loyal to the LFM, Gulf, or Milenio cartels.

Attacks and Narcoblockades

Armed confrontations between Jalisco Nueva Generación and La Resistencia provoked fretful days of tension in January and early February of this year. Most of the violence was reported in municipalities of  metropolitan area of Guadalajara. Various narcoblockades were reported, along with attacks on police stations and officers which included grenade attacks against elements of the Mexican Army and various local law enforcement institutions.

 In response to a recent warning isued by the U.S. consulate office to all its employees that the city of Guadalajara is unsafe to walk through at night, the governor of Jalisco has announce an increase of night-time street patrols and vows to crack down on the violence afflicting his state.

Source Article:
http://www.vanguardia.com.mx/jalisconayaritycolimacampodebatallaentregruposdenarcos-647230.html

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18 Borderland Beat Comments:

J said...

Damn. That area is more complicated then Acapulco/Guerrero.

So, Nacho's group split in two, (Like Barbies) into La Resitancia and CJNG? And CJNG isn't aligned with anyone? and LR is with the New Federcacion? Beltran Leyva's and Zeta's fighting with everybody? tragic mess. I wonder what, if anything really went on between Chapo and Nacho.

Anonymous said...

Crazy how much chapo has his hands in everything. it seems like chapo is cool with this person,.but then has 4 more groups that are fighting the group he is already in. Its almost like owning a whole block, and opening up all the stores on the block to compete with eachother. That is straight business. I bet you he has one of the thickest securities in the world. I mean they say that dude rolls with like 300 people at once. Nacho seems like he was doing a little of that too. Jalisco is on the news alot now. its crazy how some of these quiet towns light up in a matter of days....
m1

Anonymous said...

It is getting a little more complicated. Every one seems to be breaking up and creating their own new independent cartel. Sort of how the zetas started out. What a mess. Its guna get alot worse, before it can get better.

Anonymous said...

The reason for much of the turmoil in and around the cartels is the enforcement effort by the Mexican authorities. Every time they kill or arrest one or more capos or a group of cartel members the organization has to make adjustments. Eventually they run short of trained and/or trustworthy replacement people and it gets harder to keep the organization together and running efficiently. So now more and more we see these "coalitions" and other ad hoc combinations of other organizations. We are also seeing teenagers promoted to positions of power because the older guys are dead or in jail.

ajulio said...

W'sup big smurf?!

El chapo is the master deceiver. He believes in the phrase "keep your enemies close to you".

I would be just as afraid to be his friend than his enemy. He is a jack of trades.

Anonymous said...

That's the way it is, one big arrest or death and the whole deck could get reshuffled.

Anonymous said...

Hermosillo, the city where El H's wife was "levantada", seems to be an important spot for the drug bussiness, when Arturo Beltran was on Chapo´s side Hermosillo was the city where we worked, a few years ago, when the violence erupted, Hermosillo saw the rise of messages on beheaded thugs that threatened La Barbie, who by then was an unknown to the public, then the Beltran organization separated from the Sinaloa Cartel and all that, but don't you think that it's a bit fishy that el H's wife was here, and she made it out alive? of course the message talked about chivalry and a code, but what could be behind that?

I think narcos don't wanna heat the plaza of Hermosillo, or they respect it a lot, or it's a tacit safe place, or whatever.

This a rumor but I have heard that El Güero Palma had a daughter there too.

Amado Carrillo was building a home in Hermosillo when he died too. Look for La casa arabe on Google and you'll see what I mean about the apparent role of Hermosillo in the drug trade.

Perhaps it's not good for bussiness but good for hiding and living.

Anonymous said...

El Chapo is the one creating all this mess, they should get rid of him, and watch violence in mexico go down!..

Anonymous said...

http://www.diariodecolima.com/anternoticia.php?c=37334

Ayer en Colima-Hoy 3 narco Mantas.

Anonymous said...

I just want to go surfing. I've heard that Ticla is a no-go area now. Given that most of the action is coming from the ports farther on up the coast and moving through jalisco, does anyone have any thoughts about how hot it is south of Teacoman on the coastal road?

Anonymous said...

This little shit guzman has been mexico's bigest nightmare. What seems to get me, is the mexican military helping him and his cartel. Its probably this robin hood mentality. Chapito's buisness has been great for sinaloas economy, something the mexican government can't help its people and that's jobs. But damit, he sure has screwed juarez's economy. Nooobody wants to visit juarez no more. Has to get better one day, because I use to have sum good times in juaritos.

ajulio said...

@ 6:17

i second that. el chapo only helps himself and destroys everything else, especially juarez. he made his business boom by cutting his drugs. by doing that, he was able to make much more money by spreading and selling his product cheaper. he does'nt care that his drugs are diluted as long as he make's money. and he does'nt care if he is responsible for thousands of deaths. i would love to whoop his ass in a boxing ring.

J said...

Why would you say Chapo was cutting/processing his drugs? That's always been the case man, since Mex. DTO's began as the dominant trade.

I always assume it's like this: Columbian product is about 95-98, DTO processes it to 90 or so, the guys handling it in the border towns, Tijuana/Reynosa hit it another time, and it crosses into the US about 80-85.

Anonymous said...

Well it don't matter who is breaking up or reforming or who betraying who. As long as these cartel pieces of crap are killing each other and not innocent people then who cares.

ajulio said...

You assume too much....man. I know that you like to consider yourself the cartel expert but once again, you're wrong. You know about what you've read but I know that this is true by what i've read and by what I've heard and seen. It is known that el chapo dilutes his coke(Big Time!). That is how he was able to make substantial amounts of money and outsell his competition by selling a cheaper product(both in quality and price). Smart but slimey.

I was in juarez before and during the beginning of the drug war and saw the transition happening. I talked to many people in juarez about this too and too many said that they had known about the new sheriff who was in town selling his synthetic drugs. This also angered many juarenses but el chapo bought his way into juarez.

I am a casual pot smoker and drinker but in juarez I had some friends who liked to sniff blow and even a couple dingbats who liked to smoke rock and we all saw the transition go bad(lower quality of drugs and a rise in violence). Before el chapo, the juarez cartel sold their coke much purer. The rock was white or yellow but very potent. When el chapo invaded, he immediately changed the rocks from white to brown(brown crack?)to send a message throughout juarez that he was already taking over. The brown was his trademark. He spread his drugs so fast that people didn't know
who was selling his crap. His rock would burn, not
melt, and had a gasoline taste and his coke also
had a strange taste and was much weaker that
people were forced to buy more(hmm). These
people were stupid to buy these drugs to begin
with but I saw them get ripped off and heard their
complaints.

So there's a few notes that you can put in your lil' narco diary.

ajulio said...

Even the weed coming from juarez sucks now. It makes you sleepy. People consider Cali weed as premium weed.

J said...

Don't see the need for the hostility.

I think what you are saying makes sense, maybe, sort of. I think you are the one assuming too much, though. Chapo is the head of the leading cartel in Mexico, a billionaire, what makes more sense to you, since none of us have any direct connection with the man, that he would direct his people to move substantially cut product, for higher profits, or that he buys much bigger loads then the competition and just works the market like that?

Of course the quality of retail drugs in Juarez declined, there is a war, Juarez people probably hit their product to increase profits. I think what you said is a lot of speculation, street gossip, and a little personal experience. I mean, you are talking about a a gram, someone bought in Juarez ONCE upon a time. I doubt Sinaloa and their people are handling anything but the best product. If some street level guy gets greedy, that's on him.

Me the cartel expert? I come here to learn.

ajulio said...

Maybe I can take you to juarez one day and you can see with your own eyes instead of having to rely on the internet.

And then you can learn directly from the streets.

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