1. The Jalisco New Generation Cartel, commonly known as CJNG, is widely considered the last remaining major cartel functioning in Mexico. This week, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Mexican officials announced further security collaboration to combat cartel actions in both countries. They noted the goal of arresting the leader of CJNG, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, or “El Mencho,” as a main goal. The Mexican government has put out a 30 million peso reward for the capture of “El Mencho”.
2. López Obrador discussed the future of the new Mexico City airport project today in a press conference. His administration plans on continuing consultations with civil society and experts. A consultation or national survey will be released the final week of October to gauge citizen opinions. López Obrador reiterated his position that the population’s opinion, and an active democratic exercise, is the most important factor.
3. López Obrador said on Monday his administration will invest more than $11 billion to boost refining capacity in order to curb growing fuel imports. This will be used to improve six existing refineries and build a new one in his home state of Tabasco.
4. On Tuesday, President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced the amplification of the ‘Tren Maya’ from 900 to 1,500 km. It will now include the states of Tabasco, Campeche, Chiapas, Yucatan, and Quintana Roo. The train has been both praised and condemned, with critics cynical about the current timeline of the project and others raising concerns over the environment and the local indigenous population.
5. Fabio Melanitto, a former member of the band Uff!, was killed Tuesday. He was riding his motorcycle with his partner when he was shot. It is being considered a purposeful assassination and authorities think it may have to do with financial extortion.