Mexico captures son of drug kingpin in troubled western state

June 23, 2015

6/23/15 Reuters

hands in handcuffsMexican security forces in the western state of Jalisco have captured the son of one of the country’s most wanted drug lords, a state government spokesman said on Tuesday.

Ruben Oseguera, the son of Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera, is believed to be an important figure in his father’s gang, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, which in recent weeks has become a major headache for President Enrique Pena Nieto.

The Jalisco government spokesman said he did not have details of the arrest, but another official in the state said the younger Oseguera, known as El Menchito, was captured in a pre-dawn army operation in a house in a western part of greater Guadalajara, the state capital.

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The Ex-President of PRI-Jalisco has been Executed / Ejecutan a ex presidente de PRI-Jalisco

June 19, 2015

6/19/15 Reforma

youth with handgunJavier Galván, ex-president of the PRI-Jalisco, was assassinated this morning on the Colonia Guevara Beltway in Guadalajara. The attack against the ISSSTE delegate reportedly came from a van around 9:15 this morning on Angulo, between the streets Ontario and López Mateos. Testimonies made to the authorities indicate that the aggressors fled the scene in a moving vehicle, escaping towards López Mateos.
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Does ‘cutting off the heads’ of Mexico’s cartels really work?

May 7, 2015

05/06/15 The Christian Science Monitor 

machine gunMexico has scored dozens of drug-war “wins” over the past several years, with cartel kingpins apprehended anywhere from secret tunnels to bustling restaurants, and paraded in front of news cameras as a sign of progress. But a confrontation that unfolded in and around the western state of Jalisco last weekend – complete with cartel-manned rocket-propelled grenades and a felled military helicopter – shows that the battle against drug traffickers here is far from won. Violence erupted in 20 municipalities and spilled into four states, killing at least seven people. The recent ascendance of the New Generation Jalisco Cartel (CJNG), which orchestrated the weekend mayhem, has some questioning the strategy President Enrique Peña Nieto inherited from his predecessor Felipe Calderon: Sending in federal troops to cut off the head of a cartel and hoping that the rest of the organization dies.

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Washington Toughens Warning For Jalisco, Home To Thousands Of Americans, As Mexico Fights Cartel

May 7, 2015

05/06/15 Forbes 

jaliscoThe unprecedented level of violence last week that struck parts of the Mexican state of Jalisco, home to the largest resident population of Americans outside the U.S., persuaded the Obama Administration to update its Travel Warning for Mexico just three weeks after issuing its previous warning. Without naming the Jalisco Nueva Generación (New Generation) cartel, a powerful criminal group responsible for shooting down a military helicopter with RPGs on May 1, the State Department warns that “violent clashes between criminal organizations and government authorities, and related disturbances including barricades of burning vehicles blocking major roads and highways, are ongoing concerns that typically occur without notice.”

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Violent new drug cartel alarming authorities in Mexico

May 4, 2015

ABC News, 5/2/2015

mexican flagAn increasingly strong drug cartel known as Jalisco New Generation was showing off its power with a spasm of violence that killed seven people and forced down a military helicopter in western Mexico, analysts said Saturday.

Jalisco state was relatively calm the day after gunmen set fire to cars, buses, banks and gasoline stations and trade gunfire with soldiers and police. The violence erupted after security forces launched a campaign against the cartel Friday.

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Suspected ‘narco blockades’ close roads in Guadalajara, Mexico with burning vehicles

May 1, 2015

Fox News, 5/1/2015

jaliscoAuthorities in western Mexico are asking residents to stay at home as they scramble to extinguish burning vehicles blocking roads in various parts of Guadalajara.

The prosecutor’s office in the western state of Jalisco used its Twitter account to ask residents of Guadalajara to remain calm Friday morning as authorities responded to the suspected blockades ignited by a drug cartel.

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Attack in Western Mexico Leaves Police Officers Wounded

April 7, 2015

ABC News, 4/7/2015

gun - crime sceneAn attack on a police convoy in the western Mexico state of Jalisco has left at least some officers wounded, marking the latest in a growing series of confrontations between law enforcement and criminal gangs.

The Jalisco state prosecutors’ office did not say how many officers were wounded in the shootout late Monday in a rural area.

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