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The Hitmen wearing the letters of the Cartel Jalisco New Generation ( CJNG ) is a cell led by Juan Carlos González, known as “R3”.
The head of the Secretariat of National Defense ( Sedena ), General Luis Cresencio Sandoval, said this morning that the group that boasted two videos with weapons, are CJNG hitmen, in a cell led by Juan Carlos González, known as “R3”.
One of the videos, in which they refer to Nemesio Rubén Oseguera Cervantes, alias “El Mencho”, was related to the criminal leader’s birthday, on July 17th.
The second video, the General says is a response to a threat by José Antonio Yépez Ortiz, known as “El Marro” and leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel (CSRL).
“The videos that were circulating on social networks and in the media, vehicles with artisan armor, painted green [camo] and with logos of an alleged group of special forces, is an elite group of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel is exhibited,” he explained.
During the morning conference of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the official detailed “that there are 80 weapons present, one 50 caliber anti-aircraft machine gun, nine other types of machine guns, 10 Barrett 50 caliber rifles, 54 assault rifles, six attachments throwing grenades.”
“In total 80 weapons and 75 people visible in the videos.”
“In the vehicles, we have a double wheeled van with two turrets, nine armored pickup trucks, an armored hummer, an armored excursion, four pickup trucks, two Rubicon jeeps, one armored jeep and three vehicles that we were unable to identify because they are out of focus,” said the Secretary of Defense.
Likewise, he added that they have 19 vehicles that have commercial characteristics, of which 12 have artisan armor and seven only with adjustments to assemble weapons.
In the first video, the armed group is observed shooting and harangued. They mention some people among them, part of their criminal group.
“This group, in the information we have, emerged last year and is led by Juan Carlos González, alias ‘El R3’, who is one of those who appear in the harangue,” said Luis Cresencio Sandoval.”
In addition, it was revealed that this group has cells that are present in Michoacán, Zacatecas, and Guanajuato.
“Both videos are intended to show the elite group with the greatest force within the cartel, by power and volume of fire, and military training. The videos had important media coverage. Also, in the first video shows the current support and leadership of the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación, which is ‘El Mencho’. […] The date it is published, which is July 17, coincides with the birthday of ‘El Mencho’. So, it is focused on that support for this leadership,” he indicated.
While “The second video is focused on a direct threat against ‘El Marro’ and the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, it also is referring to the weakness of the criminal organization, excesses and abuses against the population in the state of Guanajuato”.
Despite the equipment displayed by the CJNG, Sedena stated that there is no record of its use in any direct confrontation against security forces. Still, Sandoval acknowledged the risk involved in the confrontation between the cartels.
“It forces us to take actions that strengthen public security, mainly to prevent society from being harmed, it will act in all areas of influence of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel to prevent certain situations from occurring,” he promised.
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