CJNG recruitment leader Héctor Pardo, AKA El Paisa, gets a nine-year jail term

Shifts in Mexico's underworld as CJNG faces key loss and territory changes amongst dominant criminal groups are revealed.

A federal judge handed down a nine-year sentence against Héctor Pardo Valdovinos, alias El Paisa, also known as El Tío and/or Chapa, who is part of the Jalisco Cartel – New Generation (CJNG).

In a press release, the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) detailed that through the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office for Organized Crime (FEMDO), he obtained the conviction in an oral trial by the judge assigned to the Federal Criminal Justice Center in Jalisco, based in Puente Grande.

El Paisa was found guilty of crimes against health in the modality of possession of marijuana and methamphetamine hydrochloride for commercial purposes and possession of firearms for the exclusive use of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.

Héctor "P" era reclutador de nuevos integrantes del CJNG Foto: FGR
Héctor “P” was a recruiter of new members of the CJNG Photo: FGR.

According to the investigations of the Mexican Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office, in charge of Alejandro Gertz Manero, personnel from the FEMDO, elements of the National Guard (GN), the Secretariat of the Navy-Mexico Navy (Semar), the Mexican Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) and experts assigned to the General Coordination of Expert Services, executed a search warrant in a property located in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, in November 2021.

Héctor Pardo was arrested in flagrante delicto, and two cell phones, a wallet, cartridges of various calibers, 46 bags with methamphetamine hydrochloride pills, two firearms, 1,000 pesos, a grenade, two magazines for a long gun, and four bags with marijuana were seized.

According to Proceso, Pardo Valdovinos was allegedly in charge of recruiting new members for the criminal organization of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, alias El Mencho, leader of the CJNG. However, the FGR did not detail the role of this drug trafficker.

(Foto: Cuartoscuro)
(Photo: Cuartoscuro)

Cjng loses “presence” in three states

According to the consulting firm AC Consultores, which collected information from the federal government, open source data, and reports revealed in the Sedena hack, Mencho ‘s structure has changed regarding its presence in the different states.

The consulting firm detailed that the most current reports mention that the CJNG has a presence in 28 states, so it lost presence in three entities, concerning what was reported in the 2019 -2020 Lantia Intelligence study.

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Lantia Intelligence is a portal that collects data on organized crime and violence in Mexico. Its report three years ago mentioned that the CJNG had a presence in practically the entire country, with only Sinaloa reporting no activity.

El CJNG y Cártel de Sinalos no son los únicos grupos criminales con presencia en más de uno de los estados de la República, pues de acuerdo con el análisis, el Cártel del Golfo opera en 10 entidades, el Cártel del Noreste en ocho, la Familia Michoacana en siete y Los Zetas en seis. (Foto: especial)
The CJNG and the Sinaloa Cartel are not the only criminal groups with a presence in more than one of Mexico’s states; according to the analysis, the Gulf Cartel operates in 10 states, the Northeast Cartel in eight, the Familia Michoacana in seven and Los Zetas in six. (Photo: Special)

In addition to Sinaloa, the states where no criminal group activity led by El Mencho has been reported are Durango, Coahuila, and Campeche.

Meanwhile, the Sinaloa Cartel, which had a presence in 28 of the 32 states in the country according to Lantia Intelligence, now operates in 24, losing its presence in four.

The study by AC Consultores, reviewed by Héctor de Mauleón, columnist for the newspaper El Universal, indicates that the Sinaloa Cartel has not been reported to be present in Hidalgo, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, Tamaulipas and Michoacán.

It was also reported that the CJNG operates in 427 municipalities, while the Pacific Cartel operates in 293.

El Cártel de Sinaloa y el Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación siguen siendo los grupos criminales con mayor poder en México. Foto: Infobae México
The Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco Cartel – New Generation remain Mexico’s most powerful criminal groups. Photo: Infobae Mexico

The consultant assured that organized crime operates in 81% of the national territory, and the two criminal organizations with a wide presence in various country entities are the CJNG and the Sinaloa Cartel.

The cartels mentioned above are not the only criminal groups with a presence in more than one of Mexico’s states; according to the analysis, the Gulf Cartel operates in 10 states, the Northeast Cartel in eight, the Familia Michoacana in seven and Los Zetas in six.