CJNG: how one of the world’s bloodiest cartels built his empire

The origin of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG) dates back to a group of hitmen who served Ignacio Coronel Villarreal (Photo: File)
The origin of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG) dates back to a group of hitmen who served Ignacio Coronel Villarreal (Photo: File)

In just 10 years, one of the bloodiest cartels built his empire. The origin of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG) dates back to a group of hitmen who served Ignacio Coronel Villarreal, also know as Nacho Coronel, a Mexican chief.

The death of the drug trafficker in July 2010 turned the self-styled criminal organization The Matazetas are allies of Michoacan drug traffickersThus was born one of the largest and most violent groups in all of Mexico.

It is considered by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), at present, as one of the three most dangerous gangs in the world.

Data from the then Attorney General’s Office (now Attorney General’s Office), consulted by The Day, reveal that Nacho Coronel, who was part of the Sinaloa Cartel, wanted to separate from his partners Ismael May Zambada García and Joaquín El Chapo Guzman.

This alliance was strengthened with the marriage of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, better known as El Mencho, and Rosalinda González Valencia (Photo: File)
This alliance was strengthened with the marriage of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, better known as El Mencho, and Rosalinda González Valencia (Photo: File)

Thus, created a group of hitmen under his command. However, it did not achieve its objective and, during an operation carried out by the Mexican Army, it was assassinated on July 29, 2010 in Zapopan, Jalisco.

Los Matazetas group joined Abigail González Valencia, a relative of Luis Valencia and at the time leader of the Millennium Cartel, a criminal organization with a presence in Tamaulipas, Guerrero, and Michoacán. This alliance was strengthened with the marriage of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, better known as The Mencho, and Rosalinda González Valencia.

According to different national security officials, an alliance was also formed that led to a criminal structure that operates as a company: while his brothers-in-law take care of money laundering, finances, and relationships with criminal organizations operating in Asia, South America, Europe, and the United States, The Mencho directs the operational part and, therefore, the most violent.

According to information from the Mexican security cabinet, the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel is currently present in at least 28 states
According to information from the Mexican security cabinet, the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel is currently present in at least 28 states

Between the years 2010 and 2014, the CJNG began fighting for territories (states such as Guerrero, Oaxaca, and Veracruz) that were in the power of criminal cells of the Los Zetas cartel. Later, it expanded its operations and gained its extension in Zacatecas, Baja California, Nayarit, Colima, and Chihuahua.

According to information from the Mexican security cabinet, currently the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel is present in at least 28 states. Among them is the capital of the country: it was associated with the cartel Anti-Union Tepito.

In the entities of Morelos and Guerrero allied with regional groups like Los Ardillos, a criminal organization that was originally born from Beltrán Leyva Cartel and dispute with Los Rojos. In addition, it maintains relationships with United warriors in both states.

Three states in Mexico that have witnessed CJNG violence, mainly in the last two years, are Guanajuato, Michoacán, and Jalisco (Photo: Juan José Estrada Serafín / Cuartoscuro.com)
Three states in Mexico that have witnessed CJNG violence, mainly in the last two years, are Guanajuato, Michoacán, and Jalisco (Photo: Juan José Estrada Serafín / Cuartoscuro.com)

To extend its power and influence, one of the strategies the CJNG has adopted is to pressure local criminal gangs and, without actually having operational cells, agree with them that their acronyms be used.

Thus, the Cartel helps small organizations to exterminate and fight rival groups. Local cartels must pay a percentage of the profits they make for each of the crimes they commit: this guarantees not to be attacked by the hitmen of The Mencho.

Three states in Mexico that have been witnesses to the violence of the CJNG, mainly in the last two years, are Guanajuato, Michoacán, and Jalisco. They are points where armed aggressions are sustained with the balance of hundreds of people killed.

In the state of Jalisco, the battle is against the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel for the control of clandestine hydrocarbon intakes: where the huachicoleo, the illicit theft of fuel from Pemex pipelines (Mexican oil).

The government of Mexico, since August 2018, offers up to 30 million pesos only for information that leads to the capture of "The Mencho" (Photo: File)
The government of Mexico, since August 2018, offers up to 30 million pesos just for information that leads to the capture of “El Mencho” (Photo: File)

Clashes in Michoacán they are against local groups such as Los H-3 and La Nueva Familia Michoacana. They fight over synthetic narcotics production areas.

No wonder The Mencho has become one of the most wanted men and main targets of the Mexican authorities and americans.

Since August 2018, the government of Mexico offers up to 30 million pesos just for information that leads to his capture. For its part, The DEA offers, from March 2020, a reward of up to USD 20 million.

On its own, the United States Department of the Treasury has registered more than 150 individuals and legal entities on the list of possible financial operators operating with the Cartel since October 2016.

The clashes in Michoacán are against local groups such as Los H-3 and La Nueva Familia Michoacana.  They fight over synthetic narcotics production areas (Photo: EFE / STR)
The clashes in Michoacán are against local groups such as Los H-3 and La Nueva Familia Michoacana. They fight over synthetic narcotics production areas (Photo: EFE / STR)

So far in the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF) has blocked the accounts of 1,683 individuals and companies for an amount of 1,000 million pesos.

A few days ago, the Drug Enforcement Administration made reference to the fortune that Nemesio Oseguera has accumulated with his criminal activities for the first time, which, they calculate, reaches more than USD 1 billion.

This figure places him as one of the criminals with the most money in the world.However, according to the investigations, currently Oseguera Cervantes does not lead a life of luxury, nor large expenses to keep a low profile and can continue to be a fugitive from justice.

This figure places him as one of the criminals with the most money in the world, however, according to the investigations, currently Oseguera Cervantes does not lead a life of luxury, nor large expenses to keep a low profile and can remain a fugitive from justice ( Photo: Univision / DEA)
This figure places him as one of the criminals with the most money in the world, however, according to the investigations, currently Oseguera Cervantes does not lead a life of luxury, nor large expenses to keep a low profile and can remain a fugitive from justice ( Photo: Univision / DEA)

But this was not always so. Before the US and Mexican authorities set their eyes on his criminal power, The Mencho he also lived in luxury.

In 2016, elements of the then Attorney General’s Office of Mexico carried out operations in the municipality of Zapopan, Jalisco, where they seized more than 28 million pesos from the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel: between cash in dollars, euros and national currency; in addition to a ranch, exclusive Army weapons, jewelry, and vehicles.

It is presumed that the resources were managed by Los Cuinis, a criminal cell, identified as the financial arm of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel.

Luxury cabins located in a lagoon in the Mexican Pacific, more than 100 Japanese food restaurants, real estate, newspapers, shopping malls, gold bars, a brand of tequila that it tried to export to Europe, a ranch where there were exotic animals like a bengal tiger and other endangered species, are some of the assets and properties that have been seized in recent years from the head of the CJNG.

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