La Jornada, a national newspaper in Mexico, is reporting a non-aggression pact between Nemesio Oseguera “El Mencho”, leader of Cartel Jalisco New Generation CJNG, and Ismael El Mayo Zambada leader of Sinaloa Cartel.
Supposedly, the pact is for the two organized Crime Groups, to maintain control of their areas of operation and agree not to enter the territory of each other, in places like Juárez, Chihuahua; Tijuana, Baja California, and San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora.
If true, it is a practical solution between the two groups, once in a true alliance, but of late that has been reduced to pacts between regional cells of the Sinaloa and CJNG.
What is noticeably different with Los Cuinis and CJNG, they have gripped command of their organization to remain within the Oseguera and Valencia families. This is to avoid the same downfall of other criminal groups, who appointed regional commands, which evolves into leadership disputes and splinter groups.
If such a pact exists, it would extend the protection of both criminal groups, and allow intelligence to flow between them.
What is known is Mencho is a proficient strategist, who prefers to avoid conflict where possible. He does not fight for a share in the US drug market, and seemingly enters intelligent agreements.
|Map created by Victor Sanchez (Animal Politico) 4 months ago|
Mencho is originally from Michoacán, and he has long targeted control of his home state.
With the rise of Los Viagras in Michoacán, the first and only Caballeros Templarios splinter group, he recognized opportunity. It is also feasible he designed the opportunity, as he long maintained a close personal relationship with the Sierra Santanas.
When the federal government appointed Alfredo Castillo as Michoacán security chief, Castillo's goal was to destroy the “autodefensas”. That inadvertently (or not), only served to assist Mencho, and his goal of controlling Michoacán.
The appointment of El Americano, an ally of Viagras and Mencho, as one of the 4 chiefs of the federally generated “Rurales”, augmented CJNG's growing control of Michoacán.
He no longer had to be concerned with Templarios or its leaders, the federal government was assuring the Templarios cartel was destroyed or greatly compromised.