Narconoia Podcast: Mexico’s Narco-Insurgency, Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion

Danny Benavides
May 21, 2015


Narconoia Podcast 2 (5/16/15) : Mexico’s Narco-Insurgency, Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion

For this second episode of Narconoia, the duration of the podcast is spent ruminating on CJNG, Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (or Jalisco New Generation Cartel). Although this criminal organization has been operating independently along central Mexico for over 5 years, it has catapulted itself to become the highest-priority target for Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration in a matter of months after a series of brazen, well-coordinated attacks against federal authorities.

Last month, the United States Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control blacklisted CJNG, its leader Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera Cervantes, an affiliated gang called “Los Cuinis,” and its boss Abigael “El Cuini” Gonzalez Valencia, Mencho’s brother-in-law. Meanwhile, Mexican federal forces had assembled to launch a night-raid to capture or kill Mencho Oseguera, ushering in the “dawn” of the so-called “Operation Jalisco” during the morning news on May 1.

Instead, the raid was a failure, Mencho escaped, troops and police were killed, arson spread across Jalisco state, and a Mexican military helicopter was shot down with an RPG.

Danny provides a brief history of Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion, examines some significant events over the past few months leading up to May Day’s mayhem, and questions the source(s) of this cartel’s expert-training, high-powered weaponry, and its leader’s network of corruption. And why is a U.S. commando cropping up in the midst of a paramilitary criminal organization like CJNG?


7 killed in violence during anti-cartel operation in Mexico

A blast and gunfire: Mexico’s chopper battle

Is Mencho replacing Chapo as Drug Cartel King?

‘El Mencho’ el líder visible para reemplazar a ‘La Tuta’ en Michoacán (Spanish)

A Closer Look: Who Were The 35 Slaughtered in Veracruz?

Video Message from CJNG “Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación”

Does ‘cutting off the heads’ of Mexico’s cartels really work?

A Borderland Beat Photo Sparks a PGR Investigation of El Americano

Interrogation of a Viagra, provides information of Americano-Viagras-Mencho alliance

“Viceroy” Castillo has Failed in Michoacán; Reports of 7M Dollar Deal with Los Viagras

CJNG’s Split With Sinaloa and the Possible Fallout

New state tourism minister assassinated in Mexico

El Menchito of CJNG free for two months

Uruapan Michoacán, 6 dead 1 survived, CJNG leaves Narco Message “We’re Here”

5 Templarios executed on border of Michoacán, narco message left attributed to New Generation

Violence drops in Mexico, but killing of lawmaker shows crime bosses still powerful

ATF and PGR dismantles clandestine AR-15 manufacturing shops

Mexico ambush kills 10, including 5 federal police

Boss of a Cell of CJNG, one of the victims of confrontation in Jalisco

Fifteen Mexican police officers killed in deadly ambush in Jalisco state

Battle on the coast of Jalisco leaves 15 dead

Treasury Sanctions Two Major Mexican Drug Organizations and Two of Their Leaders

How the Jalisco New Generation Cartel Is Terrorizing the People of Western Mexico

CJNG busca recuperar zonas de los ‘templarios’ (Spanish)

Los Cuinis-CJNG: Worlds Most Wealthy Drug Trafficking Organization

CJNG Inundates Guadalajara with narco banners

7 reported killed: blockades and violence in jalisco amid rumors of possible El Mencho capture

Mexican Helicopter Shot Down, Killing 3 Soldiers

Coordinated Attacks Hit Western Mexico After Operation to Nab Cartel Leader, Reports Say

Banorte Bank arson in Guadalajara, Jalisco caught on cell phone video (YouTube)

Security camera footage shows CJNG gunmen hijacking & torching public bus in Jalisco (YouTube)

On-the-spot interview with woman aboard bus hijacked by CJNG members (YouTube, in Spanish of course)

La Jornada: New Generation Cartel Attacks in Jalisco

New Generation Cartel leaders are drug trade veterans

Black Hawk Down – New Generation Cartel More Powerful than Mexico Government

Latest Account by feds: 2 RPG fired on 2 Aircraft, 6 killed in crash, including 3 missing soldiers

Jalisco: When attacked, Helicopter was in low altitude, allowing paratroopers to rappel

Narco-terrorism doesn’t exist: Jalisco Government

Mexico declares all-out war after rising drug cartel downs military helicopter

Army general named to head offensive

The military is out in full force in Jalisco

“Heavy Artillery” arrives in Guadalajara, Jalisco (YouTube)

New Cartel Arises From Mexico’s Assault on Big Drug Lords

Banners appear in Tijuana…Signed Tijuana and Jalisco Cartels

‘‘Pacto’’ de no agresión entre El Mencho y El Mayo Zambada (Spanish)

A reported non-agressional pact between “Mayo” Zambada and El ‘Mencho’ in Jalisco

U.S. Marshals Service Personnel Dressed as Mexican Marines Pursue Cartel Bosses

Deadly Mexican Cartel Rises as New Threat (Quotes Jalisco security commissioner stating they believe at least one U.S. Marine vet trained CJNG)

Meet Mexico’s fastest growing drug cartel. It even builds its own rifles

German arms maker Heckler & Koch ‘illegally exported’ rifles to Mexico

“El Mencho” Defeats the Mexican Army

Jalisco Crash Photos: The ruins of CJNG downed Military Helicopter raises questions