Monday, March 28, 2016

The CJNG, "El Mencho's" cartel, said to be expanding into Tijuana

The Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG), headed by Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes (El Mencho) is said to have advanced to the US-Mexico border, where it competes with the Sinaloa cartel (Chapo's cartel) and the remnants of the Arellano Felix cartel.  Homicides have spiked in Tijuana in the past year.  If true, this represents an exceptionally rapid expansion of the cartel in the past four years, from obscure origins as hitmen for Chapo, which led to it's nickname "matazetas," (kill the zetas--a rival set of hitmen for the Gulf cartel), to a multi-state, powerful organization operating in Mexico City, Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan, Guanajuato, Nayarit, Gerrerao, Morelos, Veracruz, and now Baja California.  Baja California is a major prize, given its direct access to the market in the U.S.

A blog that follows border drug trafficking is Borderland Beat, from which I obtained some of the information in the above paragraph.  I have not followed drug trafficking for several years, and I am thinking about renewing my interest in it, if there is any interest among my readers.

Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, "El Mencho"), leader of the CJNG

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