Wednesday, December 7, 2011
New group identified in Guadalajara
On Monday Jalisco's top police official, state SSP director Luis Carlos Nájera Gutiérrez de Velasco, held a news conference announcing that a third organized crime group had entered the fight for the Guadalajara plaza. Najera stated the the new group, La Barredora, had entered the fray after the mass homicide involving 26 bodies left on a major roadway in Guadalajara on November 24th.
"We are talking about a war between La Resistencia, armed and supported by Los Zetas, against the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG). Based on narco messages and other evidence we believe a 'shock' group sent by another cartel has arrived....we believe a third participant has arrived."
"Based on the contents of messages we cannot rule out that La Barredora, a gang operating in the state of Guerrero, is entering Jalisco on behalf of a cartel now operating here. This group is part of the Sinaloa cartel based on intelligence from Guerrero."
"The Sinaloa cartel had previously not been directly involved in the fight between the two groups (La Resistencia and CJNG). It seems that the arrival of Los Zetas in Jalisco is threatening the hegemony of drug traffickers and this may why this new group has entered the fight."
La Barredora is one of several groups fighting for control of the lucrative Acapulco plaza and is involved in drug trafficking, murders, kidnappings and extortions, including the infamous threats against teachers and schools in the city.