The Jalisco New Generation cartel is the new kid on the block in Mexico now that the old Zetas cartel is losing prominence.
A CBS News report noted that the new cartel is “fighting medieval-style battles, complete with fortified redoubts, to expand nationwide, from the outskirts of Mexico City, into the tourist resorts around Cancun, and along the northern border.”
On March 11, 2020, U.S. law enforcement authorities revealed that they arrested hundreds of people in an operation singling out the cartel. According to their announcement, the Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said that the joint operation, known as Projected Python, produced more than 600 arrests and 350 indictments at the state and federal level.
Nevertheless, the Jalisco cartel continues to flex its muscles by attempting to buy belt-fed M-60 machine guns in the United States and taking down a Mexican military helicopter with a rocket-propelled grenade, according to law enforcement officials reports.
“It seems like the Jalisco New Generation group is taking over everywhere,” declared a priest in the western city of Apatzingan. “It seems like they allow people to work, and they don’t prey on civilians, they don’t kidnap, they don’t steal vehicles, they just go about their drug business.”
The Jalisco cartel was allegedly responsible for a recent ambush in the state of Michoacán, where gunmen killed 14 state police officers.
Jalisco employs quasi-military tactics, and their gunmen often use military camouflage. In the southern state of Guerrero, they welded thick armor plating to a truck to create a makeshift tank.
The Mexican government has largely ignored using force against the cartels. Recently the foreign relations department announced that the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador “is committed to eliminating inequality and violence by ending the war on drugs … the use of force is no longer the first option.”
With the Sinaloa cartel largely weakened after the arrest of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán, now Nemesio Oseguera, “El Mencho” , is the DEA’s most-wanted fugitive. He currently has a $10 million reward on his head.
Two of El Mencho’s children are being held in custody in the U.S. on drug trafficking charges.
U.S. Law Enforcement Bust 27 People Connected to Mexican Sinaloa Cartel
Over two dozen people were arrested on drug charges in connection to a Mexican cartel smuggling cocaine into the U.S. Following a two-year investigation, 27 people were arrested through Operation Tripwire, an investigation effort U.S. officials have been working on featuring members of the Sinaloa Cartel.
The trafficking network went from Los Angeles, California to Tucson, Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where cocaine originating from Mexico was smuggled stateside. The United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott Brady declared “this is a large organization that was trafficking hundreds of kilograms of cocaine throughout the country and has direct ties to the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.”
U.S. authorities recounted that the investigations started after an agent in Pittsburgh was able to identify an address that received large quantities of suspicious-looking packages coming from California. Since then, agents started to do investigation on other members of the network across the U.S.
Across the span of seven months, authorities were able to intercept U.S. calls made by some of the alleged traffickers with Sinaloa carte leaders in Mexico. On September 9, 2020, 27 were arrested in Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania.
According to American authorities, $1.3 million in cash and over 140 kilograms of cocaine were seized. The aforementioned people arrested are now facing a prison sentence of between 10 years and life in prison.
The border situation is no joke. Prior administrations have largely neglected the issue and have allowed for unprecedented levels of illegal immigration and drug trafficking to cross the U.S. border.
In a prior instance, BLP reported on how Mexico is a failed state that cannot maintain public order and is largely being pushed around by cartels. Due to its proximity to the U.S., Mexico’s problems will likely spillover stateside.
This is why border security is crucial. Thankfully, the U.S. has a president in Donald Trump that gets the memo. He’ll still need help from Congress, however,
That’s why it’s crucial that America First Republicans have strong showings at all branches of government in 2020.
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