Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat
April 5, 2016- During the beginning of this week, narco-mantas (narco-banners) were hung on a pedestrian bridge. The message was directed between organized crime groups.
The Cartel Del Noroeste (CDN) confirms the war that had been launched previously by their opponents, the Gulf Cartel (CDG), had finalized and warned that they will recover municipalities in Zacatecas. Now the CDN responds with the narcomanta stating that they are ready to start and continue the war for the plaza as well as reporting on corrupt officials who are in collusion with organized crime, and that they are also going after them.
According to unofficial sources, the CDN required to request reinforcements to other states and municipalities in Zacatecas where they still have a presence to fight and to go against the CDG, the latter which uploaded a video to social networking sites showing a shocking video that was recorded in first person depicting them attacking an armed commando of the CDN with rifles. The shootout shook throughout Ojocaliente a few days ago. The white Ford that the CDN were traveling in was shot at by the CDG which is recovering much of the south of Zacatecas. They are seen as the leaders throughout the area. With the video they showed their opponents such as Los Zetas, the CDN, and others, to not occupy the areas and regions of theirs. But the CDN doesn’t lower their guard and launched new attacks, and now with these narcomantas, it shows that the violence is expected to rebound again like in previous years where it didn’t let up.
Just 72 hours ago in Tacoaleche, another unidentified armed commando was attacked by another armed group with bullets, which left various men injured, leaving some fleeing to be treated in community hospitals in the region, the municipal police can’t go up against the heavily armed convoys; it requires the help of the PEP (State Preventative Police), SEDENA (Secretariat of National Defense), or SEMAR (Mexican Navy), who are suitable for this type of combat.
The CDG maintains its leadership in Zacatecas, occupying most municipalities, followed by the CDN who are advancing from the north, as well as Los Zetas who didn’t separate to form the CDN, who occupy some places in the north and south, as well as the center, to a lesser extent. The CJNG (Jalisco New Generation Cartel) is present in the southern region, near Jalisco and some municipalities in the central north.
The narco-message was left on the bridge located near the technical high school José Vasconcelos, on 5 de Mayo Avenue, at the southern entrance of the municipality.
An anonymous report alerted security forces of the municipal police, who upon arriving at the scene, cordoned off the area.
The narco-manta read:
“This is a friendly call to all citizens of Calera. Roberto de Santiago also known as ‘Pinqui’ or ‘Picoro’. Along with “’El Fachas’ and company, they are the ones who kidnap and charge quotas in Calera. Aren’t you tired of these shits? But now we are going to do the favor of disappearing them. ‘Picoro’ the other time you fell in Plateros, you were released because the Gulf Cartel has the ministerial police bought, as well as the lawyer Reveles. But now your problems are going to end. Fucking golfos and poli-golfas. Be on alert, we are here. Atte. ‘El Comandante 47’”
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