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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Mexico's Powerful Jalisco Cartel Is Flexing Its Muscles At Opposite Ends Of Latin America

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat 

Mexican soldiers on patrol in Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco state, November 22, 2019.

* Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación is widely seen as Mexico's asendent cartel, rivaled only by the Sinaloa Cartel.

* But the group's ambitions are not limited to controling the drug trade in Mexico.

* According to sources and documents, the CJNG is stretching its empire into Central and South America with alliances and threats.

Mexico's ruthless Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) is stretching its criminal empire south into Central and South America by making alliances, threatening authorities, and appropriating drug routes, according to documents and sources who spoke to Insider.

Originally based in the central Mexican state of Jalisco, CJNG has spread operations to almost every state in Mexico and most recently to countries like Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Colombia, and Chile.

Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación has been described by US officials as the "best armed" criminal organization in Mexico and "one of the most dangerous transnational criminal organizations in the world."

US authorities have said the organization is attempting to operate in the US through local gangs, but CJNG is looking to own the drug routes and the supply chain throughout Latin America.

A recent report from Chile's Attorney General's Office describes how CJNG is trying to establish operations inside the country for "large-scale production of high-concentration marihuana."

Chilean police arrange packs of confiscated marijuana in a display for the media in Vina del Mar city, November 26, 2009.

Chilean Attorney General Jorge Abbott addressed the issue at a recent press conference, saying Chile had gone from being a transit country for drugs heading north "to be a country where very well known Mexican cartels are looking to settle."

The cartel's expanding operations are also troubling Guatemala, where its members recently threatened Guatemala's National Police for "stealing" a load of drugs belonging to the leader of CJNG, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, known as "El Mencho," for whom US authorities are offering $5 million.

In a video posted online in early September, supposed members of the CJNG threatened several Guatemalan police officers.

"No one messes with Señor Nemesio's people. Those things have an owner, and the owner is Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación," an unidentified man said in the video.

Guatemalan police later confirmed the identity of the officers mentioned in the video and detailed the seizure of a drug load that could have been what the video was referring to.

An operative with the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación detailed the areas of operation in Guatemala for Insider.

The man, who asked not to be identified to avoid retaliation, said CJNG is currently fighting in Central and South America against the Sinaloa Cartel, specifically "Los Chapitos" and "Los Mayos" factions, linked to "El Chapo" Guzmán's sons and to the alleged active leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada.

"We are mostly concentrated in Sinaloa's plazas, like all the Pacific coast of Guatemala, San Marcos, Quetzaltenango, Santa Rosa, Jutiapa, but also Petén, Melchor De Mencos, Alta Verapaz, and Huehuetenango," the operative said.

Anti-narcotics and military police officers prepare to incinerate more than 200 kilos of cocaine seized in Honduras near the border with Nicaragua, August 5, 2016.

An active member of the Nicaraguan military also confirmed to Insider the presence of Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación in Honduras and Nicaragua.

The military member, speaking anonymously because they did not have authorization to talk to the media, said they have found bases of operation and "training camps" mostly in the region near the Nicaraguan and Honduran border.

"The Fonseca Gulf is widely used by the CJNG to operate, but also Puerto Lempira in Honduras [and] Corinto, Puerto Sandino and the Caribbean side of Nicaragua," the military member said.

The Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación is allied with several gangs involved in shipping cocaine to Europe, according to the operative.

"The Sinaloa Cartel used to have a strong hold of the ports in Nicaragua, but lately we have found many operations and arrested some of them [CJNG], which leads us to think they now have more control over drug trafficking than the Sinaloas," the Nicaraguan military member said.

The Sinaloa Cartel and now Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación are posing new threats to all of the region, according to Sergio Guzmán, director of Colombia Risk Analysis, a Colombia-based security and risk-analysis firm.

"These Mexican organizations used to be partners with other criminal organizations in South and Central America, but during the past few years they have been playing a more active role, to the point where they are now making decisions in many other countries," Guzman said.

Mexican criminal organizations have had a growing presence in Colombia since the late 1990s, when major Colombian groups like the Medellín and Cali cartels fell from power.

A farmer sprinkles cement over mulched coca leaves to prepare them to make coca paste at a small makeshift lab in the mountains of Antioquia, Colombia, January 7, 2016.

In the DEA's first formal investigation of the CJNG, done in 2007, the agency accused "El Mencho" of shipping cocaine from Colombia through Guatemala to the US. In August this year, Colombian authorities arrested Néstor Tarazona Enciso, an alleged member of the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación accused of money laundering, indicating that the cartel has an active physical presence in Colombia.

Guzmán also detailed how the alliance between Mexican criminal organizations and the Clan del Golfo in Colombia, which is now in charge of the cocaine trade from Colombia to the US, could soon change.

"These two organizations, Cartel de Sinaloa and Cartel Jalisco [Nueva Generación] are trying to get closer to the chain of supply, specifically cocaine," he said.

In 2019, Colombia's anti-narcotics chief said Mexican criminal groups were shipping an unrefined form of the drug called coca base out of Colombia in and processing it in Mexico, reflecting those efforts to control more of the cocaine supply chain.

Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación's exponential growth is a direct threat to all of Latin America and should be addressed "by all countries involved," Guzmán said.

"I see a dangerous gap in the collaboration between countries where these criminal enterprises operate. There is no coordination, and that is what these groups are exploiting to their own benefit," he said

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  1. Cartels are trying to hold presence throughout the world. But they will still resort to kidnapping, extortion, rather than stick to drug sales. Furthermore if I remember, I read a past article that Sinaloa Cartel holds some presence in Costs Rice.

  2. CJNG and CDS are the most powerful criminal organizations in the world!

    1. Nope you got it wrong Mr.
      Japanese Yakuza
      And Russian Mafia.

    2. Sorry your wrong as well! The cia nsa dea atf and every other USA alphabet soup org are the bosses of it all. Everybody else is allowed to rape maim and kill by the USA alphabet soup pegs due to geopolitical strategies that only hurt the poor and average. That’s why all the Mexican rapist killers orgs aren’t droned. I’m pissed, we have no problem droning in the Middle East, but not our closest neighbor Mexico! It’s bullshit, the Mexican citizens are having a genocide perpetrated on them by their own people and USA gov has the blood dripping from their corrupt hands!

    3. OMG Whitey is off his meds again, someone call Miss H.

    4. 9:10 you're way wrong, your off the tracks.

    5. Actually look at the Yakuza revenue and they dont need drugs to turn over Billions of dollars. Put aside your mexican pride and realize mexican cartels are not king of the hill actually very far from

    6. 11:19 not a joke you Kiko wanted an answer, look up Japanese Yakuza on your computer, and you will see what I mean.

    7. Nope China took control of everything and they don’t need to use guns they show USA they got Covid-19 and more evil shit for a Cold War

    8. @ 7:49 the yakuza have faded

    9. 9:19 correct! yakuza only have power in Hollywood movies

    10. 12:10 forget it nevermind educating you,vis like telling a addicted crack head to stop using drugs, the more you tell, the more he questions life, go get on Sol's nerves, someone needs to cuss you out.

    11. Let me cuzz him.
      Hey MF they tell you yazuka many times, no fkn movie you nerdite.

    12. 8:58 be quiet honey,yakuza only running tattoo shops

    13. 1. There is no the russian mafia as a whole organisation. There are hundresd of Bravtas who fihgt and allied themself depending ob the Situation. None of them can even close compede with CDS or CJNG.

      2. Yakuza is a Joke 8 Yakuza related Killings per Year

      Cartels War Killings 38,ooo per year.

      Yakuza send in a grup of thugs with knifes, clubs and handguns.

      CDS and CJNG send in an entire paramilitary Regioment with Tanks, trucks AT Weapons and heany machine guns.

      CDS and CJNG are by far the most powerfull criminal Organisations in thre World. Only rivaled by the once mighty Cali and mediellin cartels.

    14. 3:56 you absolutely correct☝️

    15. 3:56 8 killings in a year means making money. If drugs are ever legalize mexican cartels will fall like a deck of cards

    16. 5:13 You such a naive little kid😆

  3. Cjng and cds are getting closer to the chain of supply wich means a threat to the government who holds it together, and are at the top of the supply chain.
    Like the teflon don said " you can't compete with the government"
    Thats how pablo escobar fell but thats a diferent isue..

  4. What goes up must come down? Didn't anybody tell this guys when they started their careers in organize crime you keep a low profile?


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