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Saturday, March 13, 2021

Zocoalco de Torres, Jalisco: Half Truths and Softly Spoken Lies

An announcement was recently made on the internet within the municipality of Zocoalco de Torres. The message of an imposed taxation went out to several citizens. And in response the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación quickly responded in defense of their criminal enterprise. 

As is usual with organized crime groups they have a tendency of promoting themselves as saviors for the townspeople. Wether this initial warning of an impending taxation for citizens is real or not is up for debate. What is known is that sometimes these tactics go out as a test run to see who all can be so easily duped with lies. Just as well to see which enemies can be drawn out for direct action contact. 

Digital translations are as follows:

My name is El Chino. And I am the person in charge of the plaza here in Zocoalco de Torres. You are hereby informed that you have to pay a taxation of 250,000 pesos. That’s a quarter million pesos if you want to continue working within this municipality. If you choose to do otherwise and ignore this message. We will personally come by and have you kidnapped. We will stop by your residence next week for our money.  CJNG

CJNG Response:

Through this message I would like to let the entire community of Zocoalco de Torres and its municipality know. About a message that is reaching several people, where they are threatening and asking for money saying that they’re the CJNG. We ask you to ignore it.

We’re re here to protect our community and put an end to this kind of scum. We are currently working on finding the whereabouts of the person who is doing this. We ask that if someone receives this kind of message again, please come to one of our employees to follow up and find that person soon.

We reiterate, don’t heed to these types of threats. We’re here to serve the people, not to hurt you. Thank you very much. CJNG


  1. PEOPLE know CJNG means BUSINESS so small gangs take advantage of THAT
    This is GOING on all over 🇲🇽
    They tried that in Quintana roo and those people sounded like Central Americans from like el Salvador or Honduras..

  2. Funny story about these types of messages. There’s a very good family friend in Cd Guzman Jal that owns a very popular birria restaurant (not going to say where in the city) and he got one of these messages about a year ago. They were asking for 25,000 pesos every month from his business. Little did they know is that one of his sons is a big figure head of CJNG in the city. His small cell of men only move drugs through the area but with his sons connections they found the three people doing this and let me say this, they wish they were never born. They tied them from the back of the pick up trucks and dragged them around for a while before taking them lord knows where. Point of the story is don’t fuck around with old timmers in Mexico, they saw a lot of the heavy movers grow up and they will have their back if something goes down. Funny thing is a lot of the older people never know they have their back, the problems just magically “disappear”

  3. We are from Zacoalco and a uncle owns a liquor store there. I spoke to my cousin (his daughter) and they were told by the plaza boss to not worry about a thing. That this was not them. It’s someone trying to make an easy buck from the people that believe this is CJNG. They have a big presence in Zacoalco and it sounds like someone F’d up and is gonna pay. Do they tax businesses? YES. Do they make it public information on the internet? HELL NO.


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