Mexican Cartel Gunmen Push Back on Arrests With Violence, Destruction

Mexican Cartel Gunmen Push Back on Arrests With Violence, Destruction

Mexican Cartel HORROR – Look What They’re Doing Now

( – Drug cartels have enormous power in Central America, often more than the local leaders. They keep this influence through bribes, intimidation, and, at times, violence, which they reportedly used after authorities arrested narco lords. Gunmen burned dozens of stores and vehicles in western Mexico this week as a result.

Jalisco and Guanajuato Face Violence

On Tuesday, August 9, Mexican authorities arrested multiple cartel members during a gang meeting, resulting in a shootout between two rival groups and the government soldiers. The arrests led to the criminals looting and burning nearby towns in the states of Jalisco and Guanajuato.

The violence included cartel members setting cars and buses on fire and leaving them on roadways, a common tactic used by criminals to stop authorities from transporting prisoners and delaying police reinforcements from arriving.

The brutality also spread to the destruction of convenience stores, such as the national chain Oxxo. According to a report from CBS News, the company disclosed that gangs destroyed 25 of its shops in the territory. All of the employees and customers survived the chaos.

The Jalisco New Generation Cartel

The US Department of Justice’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions was quoted in a previous press release saying that Mexican criminal syndicates, such as the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG), are the “single gravest drug threat that this country faces.” While Mexican authorities have not detailed who they arrested yet in this week’s incident, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador did note, according to CBS News, that “bosses” were present at the altercations. Notably, the meeting might have included CJNG’s leader, Nemesio Oseguera, also known as “El Mencho.”

By Wednesday, August 10, police were still looking for additional perpetrators of the violence. Reports note one person was killed in the violence, although authorities didn’t disclose whether it was an innocent bystander or a gang member.

Cartels Create Chaos

Whenever law enforcement arrests a prominent criminal leader, or a federal agency makes a huge drug bust, syndicates often violently assert their dissatisfaction with the situation in local towns. In this case, the US consulate in Guadalajara told its employees to shelter in place and abide by local rules and instructions for the time being.

In 2019, authorities arrested the son of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, sparking similar protests in Culiacán, a city in northwestern Mexico. These protests led to his release. Similarly, this spring, Mexico extradited an alleged druglord to the US, leading to more clashes between police and cartel members.

It seems history repeats itself in the case of drug cartels — for instance, the arrest of their leaders, and governments consistently going after them. Do you ever foresee an end to this cyclical violence?

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