Yesterday there were reports of violence in the state of Durango, including a prison riot that left at least three people injured and one person dead. It has been said that the three people injured by gunfire (including one child) were all members of the same family.
Today several banners were hung in Durango. They had been signed by two groups: Los M's and La Gente Nueva. Narco blog commentaters suggested that "Los M's" stands for "Los Mayo's" which sounds like a reference to Ismael Zambada García,(a) El Mayo Zambada, a powerful capo in the Sinaloa cartel.
The significance of this message is, not only does it refer to crimes that were committed within the last 48 hours, but it also seems to signal that there is a split of loyalties among the leadership of La Gente Nueva
“ESTAN LOGRANDO SU COMETIDO DE CALENTAR LA PLAZA CON MOTINES EN LOS CERESOS Y ATAQUES A INSTALACIONES GUBERNAMENTALES Y TRANSEUNTES, ESTO NO SE VA A QUEDAR ASI PIDIERON 24 HRS. PARA SACAR SU GENTE LA RECIA QUE SE LES DIO LA SEMANA PASADA SOLO FUE UNA PRUEBA DE QUIEN MANDA. LA GUERRA ESTA POR COMENZAR, TUBIERON SU OPORTUNIDAD FELIPE CABRERA MARQUEZ Y EL LACRA DE LACRAS NOEL SALGEIRO DE CHIHUAHUA PARA HABER RETIRADO SU PERSONAL DEL ESTADO. ATENTAMENTE: G.N 1 Y 1 M´S”.
You have wasted the time you were given to heat up the plaza with prison riots and attacks on government installations and transit stations. Things will NOT stay as such, you asked for 24 hours to get your people out of the area. The beat down your people received is only a test to show you who is really in charge. The war is about to begin, you had your chance Felipe Cabrera Marquez and Lacra de Lacras Noel Salgeiro of Chihuahua to remove your personnel from the state. ATTE G.N.1 and 1.M.S.
This message has fueled speculation on the narco blogs as to who this message is threatening and the what is the story behind it. One commentator stated that Noel is El Flaco Salgeiro a leader of LGN and he has been fighting with El XM against the wishes of the Sinaloa cartel and this is why he is being kicked out of the plaza. El Flaco has made a name for himself for carrying a vicious war of attrition against La Linea.
Another commentator also speculated that El Flaco made two big mistakes; the first was that he was trying to move weight by himself (although the author of this comment speculates that he would have a hard time doing so because El Flaco allegedly doesn't have cocaine connection in Colombia, nor does he have enough arms suppliers to run his own campaign) The second, El Flaco may have put out a hit on El Chapo, who found out and was furious about this lack of respect.
On a personal note, I doubt the last scenario is likely, although ambition is part of the game, it is doubtful a sicario cell leader like El Flaco was a big enough fish to make such a move, otherwise he wouldn't have so much alleged trouble getting a hold of guns shipments and cocaine packages on consignment from Colombia.
Again, all of this is translated speculation from the comments sections of the narco blogs. Take it with a grain of salt