- Investigations have led to the incarceration of 12 men.
- The Mexican government is trying to take down the criminal organization.
- Over 2,000 bank accounts tied to the CJNG have been frozen
Mexico City’s head of Citizen Security Secretariat has accused the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) of trying to assassinate him in an attack that led to the death of his two bodyguards on Friday. The assault also led to the slaying of a 27-year-old woman who was driving to work.
The police were able to recover a cache of assault rifles used by the gang to carry out the crime. Investigations have led to the incarceration of 12 men. The police chief was shot three times but was able to survive. He was able to post a message on Twitter just three hours after the incident stating that the CJNG was behind the cowardly act. The motive behind the attack is still unknown.
The cartel has clashed with law enforcement on numerous occasions. One of the most notable altercations occurred in 2015. CJNG gunmen shot down a police helicopter using rocket launchers after it flew over a convoy belonging to its leader,drug lord Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes. The syndicate is the only Mexican cartel to ever carry out such a brazen attack.
US, Mexican Governments Looking to Dismantle the Organization
The Mexican government has, in recent months, sought to cripple the cartel’s operations by freezing its assets. Earlier this month, over 2,000 bank accounts belonging to the criminal organization were frozen.
According to a statement issued by Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, “there was a request from the government of the United States because they had information about this group. Following the collaboration agreements, the accounts of this group had to be frozen.”
The American government has been working to dismantle the organization within its borders. Over 600 CJNG members were arrested in March in a nationwide sting operation carried out by an inter-agency federal task-force. The arrests are believed to have dealt a huge blow to the cartel’s activities within the country.
The CJNG is the second biggest drug trafficking organization in Mexico. It rivals the Sinaloa Cartel, which was once headed by notorious drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
The group is notorious for taking out state officers who decline to collaborate or attempt to disrupt its operations. It has, on numerous instances, forewarned mayors, politicians, and police chiefs against making moves against it.
The CJNG is arguably the Most Violent in Mexico
The CJNG cartel rose fast after the extradition of El Chapo. It is reported to be the most violent in Mexico. The violence stems from its attempted takeover of drug trafficking corridors traditionally controlled by rival cartels.
The criminal outfit has concentrated on controlling Mexican ports in the Pacific and Gulf Coasts. This is to allow the entry of key precursor chemicals needed to produce synthetic narcotics, such as meth and fentanyl.
That said, the Mexican government is ramping up efforts to provide greater security in the country. It has deployed the National Guard on the streets to quell the crime rate.