While the government insists on the withdrawal of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and Michoacan, the municipality of Tepalcatepec undergoes de facto control of criminals. 24 hours ago, the people of this region warned about the arrival of this organization, which unleashed an armed confrontation with alleged members of Cartels United.
Videos circulating on social media show episodes of extreme violence: men holding long guns and shooting at point-blank range at Jalisco gunmen.
The images are released a few days after the Secretary of National Defense (Sedena), Luis Cresencio Sandoval, reported on the withdrawal of the CJNG from the limits of Michoacán and Jalisco.
Sandoval assured then that the criminal checkpoints in the region – which has become the epicenter of violence in the country – were demolished by the 2,080 Army and National Guard agents deployed in the area.
“It was important to have a presence in these areas to force criminal groups to withdraw”Sandoval said.
He also stressed that there will be three military bases in Tepalcatepec, Aguililla and Cenobio Moreno where it will be necessary to have 600 agents in each of the facilities, at the Army Battalion level.
A week before the general’s statements, a narco-message issued by the CJNG came to light. Through a video, the Mencho Special Forces they assured that their withdrawal was due to a voluntary decision, because they do not want confrontations with the Army.
“We, CJNG, have no problem with Sedena or any other government corporation,” said a spokesman escorted by some 20 heavily armed individuals in military clothing, in a wooded area.
On that occasion, Oseguera Cervantes operators detached themselves from the September 29 attack on a military patrol in Jilotlán de Dolores, Jalisco, where a soldier lost his life and four more suffered minor injuries.
Experts, however, question the reason for the withdrawal of this criminal organization: why the CJNG would free the market in Michoacán, the Lázaro Cárdenas Port where containers of precursors shipped from China enter. “Any disadvantages?”
The CJNG and the United Cartels have a presence throughout Michoacan territory through envoys or allied gangs. The four-letter cartel’s goal has long been to wrest control of the territory with an important road network and system for drug trafficking.
During the stay of the CJNG in Michoacán, this criminal organization has gained regions from its former rivals in the area, United Cartels, an amalgam of local cells joined together under that name: Viagras, Knights Templar, Trojan Whites, Tepalcatepec Cartel and remnants of the Michoacan Family.
In recent months, attacks against federal forces have intensified because the so-called four letter cartel He accused that his enemies are protected by territorial commands of the National Guard as well as the Army. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador assured that there are no sides in his government and the division is very clear, but residents have denounced the opposite to this medium.