In February, Colima hit a record number of drug violence murders of 41 in Tecoman alone. The uptick of killings has steadily increased since last fall, when the Sinaloa Cartel warned it had arrived in Colima to clear out Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG).
A Facebook page was used in September to announce the arrival of CDS (Sinaloa) the page was removed shortly after the announcement.
The conflict has pushed Colima into the top spot of violence in January and February, a hair greater than second place Guerrero.
On the Facebook page entitled C.D.S. Cartel de Sinaloa, it was reported that “La Barredora”, a CDS jefe de plaza, had met with a leader of the Familia Michoacana gang to establish their alliance and continue protecting local citizens against extortion, kidnappers, promising that criminals engaging in those acts would be exterminated.
The Manzanillo Port is a lucrative target for cartels. Precursor, the ingredient to manufacture meth, is transported from off shore (China) through the port, and drug cartels utilize the port to traffic drugs out of Mexico.