Jalisco New Generation Cartel
The Jalisco New Generation Cartel (Spanish: Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion, also known by its Spanish initials CJNG) is a Mexican criminal syndicate based in Jalisco, which is headed by Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes ("El Mencho"), one of Mexico's most-wanted drug lords. They also operate in the states of Nayarit, Colima, Guanajuato and as of 2020, San Luis Potosi and Mexico City.
The CJNG began in 2009 following the death of Oscar Orlando Nava Valencia, alias "El Lobo". Lobo was the leader of the Milenio Cartel, and following his death, members of the cartel blamed each other for handing him over to the authorities. As a result, the cartel split into two factions: La Resistencia and Los Torcidos. In 2011, the Torcidos adopted the CJNG name, and they began targeting Los Zetas in Veracruz and Quintana Roo under the name "Mata Zetas"(Zeta Killers). They also clashed with corrupt police and self-defense groups in Michoacan, in attempts to wrest control of the state from its local cartels such as the Templars and the Familia Michoacana. In 2013, the cartel entered Guanajuato, promising to cleanse the state of extortionists and kidnappers, a common PR strategy used by Mexican cartels.
By 2014, La Resistencia had largely been defeated, and the CJNG was in control of Jalisco. The next year, the CJNG began competing with their former allies, the Sinaloa Cartel, as they gained strength in Michoacan and Guanajuato.
In 2017, a former Milenio member, Erick Valencia Salazar(alias "El 85") joined forces with a disaffected CJNG member named Carlos Enrique Sanchez(alias "El Cholo") to form the Nueva Plaza Cartel. This gang is currently fighting the CJNG for control of Guadalajara.
While its primary business is drug trafficking, the CJNG has other businesses. It engages in fuel theft, known in Mexico as huachicoleo from huachicol, a slang term for gasoline. The cartel also has been shown to manufacture its own weapons, but it is unclear how many of those are for its own use and how many are sold. Like most Mexican drug cartels, it makes interrogation videos in which its hitmen interrogate rival gangsters and corrupt officials.
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