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Saturday, March 11, 2023

Sicarios and Weapons Captured after Shootouts Between Criminal Groups and Government Across Michoacán

By “All Source News” and "El Huaso" for Borderland Beat

Over the last few days, shootouts were reported across several municipalities in the Tierra Caliente region of Michoacán, an area marred by conflict between criminal groups for the last two decades.

Violence was reported in Uruapan, Chinicuila, La Huacana, Buenavista, and Aguililla. It is possible that the violence happened after the capture of a regional leader of Carteles Unidos, Heladio Cisneros alias  “La Sirena”, by the CJNG.

In 2022, Michoacán was the fourth most dangerous state in Mexico, with a homicide count of 2,423, according to Mexican government data. This was an 11.3% decrease from the 2,732 reported the year prior. In recent years, the main driver of violence is the dispute over state control between the Jalisco Cartel New Generation (CJNG) and the Carteles Unidos, a conglomeration of smaller groups.

Chinicuila - Six bodies found on the highway

Authorities responded to reports of a burned-out vehicle on the Carretera Coalcomán-Colima, in El Nuez. They found a four-door pickup with four bodies inside, three completely burned.

They found two more bodies in a nearby campsite dressed in camouflage uniforms.

Sources: La Voz de Michoacan

Buenavista - Man found dead with gunshot wounds

A man was found dead with gunshot wounds inside an abandoned Silver Toyota Tacoma pickup truck in Buenavista, Michoacán. His body was found after police and soldiers responded to reports of a shootout, reported La Voz de Michoacán.

The pickup was covered in bullet holes.

A burning vehicle was also left on the El Tecolote bridge as a blockade to stop enemy movement, reported El Día de Michoacán.

Sources: La Voz de MichoacanEl Día de Michoacán

Aguililla - Roadblocks, shootouts

La Voz de Michoacán reported that shootouts occurred in Agulilla. Video shows authorities removing a roadblock created by gunmen.

Sources: La Voz de Michoacan

La Huacana - Five men, weapons, and makeshift mortar captured

Five armed members of an organized crime group were arrested after exchanging fire with the Mexican Army in La Huacana, Michoacán, on Friday, March 10, 2023. Soldiers seized four rifles, a homemade mortar, and many homemade explosives.

Michoacán is the epicenter of conflict using improvised explosive devices in Mexico. Criminal groups have recently started using landmines, mortars, and grenade-laden commercial drones in combat.

Michoacán news site Quadratin reported that these men are under the command of CJNG leader Miguel Ángel Gallegos Godoy alias "El Migueladas." A former autodefensa leader, El Migueladas was a commander of the Knights Templar Cartel in the early 2010s but switched to the CJNG sometime before 2015, according to the DEA.

His group is involved in the trafficking of methamphetamine. Newspaper El Universal reported that El Migueladas has several local politicians on his payroll, affording him protection.

Sources: Milenio, La Voz de Michoacan, Quadratin, El Universal, Notable Figures: CJNG in Michoacán - Borderland Beat Archives

Uruapan - Three were killed, and fifteen men captured

On March 10, multiple videos were shared on social media showing dozens of armed gunmen storming Uruapan with gun battles raging in the city. The battle was reportedly between CJNG and Carteles Unidos. Mexican authorities responded to the event and captured 15 gunmen responsible for the violence. So far, the Michoacán Public Security Secretary claims three people have died.

Media from Twitter user @calvariae_locus

Social media user Unidad de Inteligencia Ciudadana stated that a regional leader of Carteles Unidos, Heladio Cisneros alias  “La Sirena”, went missing and could have possibly been captured by CJNG. Carteles Unidos responded to this attack by burning vehicles and blocking roads across Michoacan.

Sources: Infobae, Unidad de Inteligencia Ciudadana

All Source News is an independent researcher focused on cartel violence in Mexico, Latin American affairs, the drug trade, and organized crime. He can be followed on Twitter @All_Source_News

El Miguelada graphic made by Hearst. 

ALSO READ: Notable Figures: CJNG in Michoacán - Borderland Beat Archives


  1. tierra caliente getting HEATED

    1. Tierra caliente will always be heated. Not talking weather wise either

  2. Good to see all source news working with you borderland beat team

  3. All Source News is a good follow on Twitter, I recommend

  4. Mexico lindo pero roto

  5. El migueladas siempre a sido el Mero en michoacan .. ya sea cuando fue la familia michoacana y Caballero templarios encima de el chango Mendez Nazario plancarte y Tuta .. despues el y Alfredo Castillo crearon autodefemsas que integraron al cnjg y los cuinis. Ahora mencho, migueladas, 03 y el clan de los cuinis andan Fuertes y se integro a toda la gente de zicuiran bajo las ordenes de migueladas. El gallito templario en uruapan y su gente tambien se integraron y el abuelo farias decidio retirarse y ahora son los pocos viagras que todavia andan pataleando

    1. 10:15 pinches viagras corrientes ojala acaben pronto!
      Ojala los nuevos mandos dejen de extorsionar!!

  6. Si no se meten los guachos y apoyan a un grupo el CJNG les vas a poner una verdadera verguiza al Las Zorras Unidas

  7. Why is one sic wearing boxers in the pic where everyone else is fully clothed? What kind of offer did he make to be let go?

  8. How useful is a mortar like this really

    1. It all depends on the terrain, have you seen the shoot outs in Mich were some of the sicarios use ditches or channels to shoot and at the same time protect them selfs? Well a mortar is really good for that tipe of fight, one of those bombs hits the ditch and boom its over


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