In a concerted effort to tackle crimes against public health, Morelos authorities have successfully detained El Kamala, one of the primary instigators of violence in the region. This individual is reportedly connected to a key criminal figure affiliated with the Jalisco Cartel – New Generation (CJNG).
On September 13, Víctor Manuel “N,” known by the alias “El Kamala”, was apprehended by the National Guard (GN) and the State Public Security Commission (CES). The arrest followed multiple raids in the municipality of Temixco. Two other individuals were taken into custody alongside “El Kamala.”
Three search warrants were served in the Las Rosas neighborhood during the operation. Here, two residences were searched, resulting in the detention of another Víctor Manuel “N,” 26, and Ernesto “N,” 19.
In Acatilpa, 48-year-old “El Kamala” was taken into custody. Authorities discovered numerous doses of unidentified drugs, communication radios, and a firearm at the site. These will be instrumental in the ensuing investigation.
Ties to Larger Crime Networks
According to the state Prosecutor’s Office, “El Kamala” has links to a significant perpetrator of violence in Temixco, Crispin “N.” Crispin “N” is reputedly at the helm of a cell of Guerreros Unidos, which is suspected of having ties with the CJNG.
“According to intelligence information, he is linked to the defendant Crispín “N,” arrested in April 2020, and who is identified as the leader of a criminal cell of the Guerreros Unidos Group and allies of the Jalisco Cartel New Generation (CJNG),” the reports stated.
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Before his arrest, Crispín “N” was active in Cuernavaca, Emiliano Zapata, and Temixco, where he was involved in public health crimes and other illicit activities.
Following the operation, “El Kamala”, Víctor Manuel and Ernesto “N” have been transferred to the Public Prosecutor’s Office. They await an initial hearing to establish their legal standing.
Crime Groups in Morelos
Earlier in August, Héctor David Pérez Avilés, the prosecutor for Morelos’ southern zone, disclosed that at least six criminal factions are operating within the state. He indicated that there might be more, as smaller, independent groups have also been identified.
Avilés named two dominant organizations rooted in Morelos: the CJNG and the Northeast Cartel. Both factions are vying with rival cells for territorial control.
“The presence of the Northeast Cartel has been noted, and arrests have been made of this group in the area. There have also been arrests of the Jalisco Cartel,” Avilés shared with local media on August 2. While he did not specify the names of the “independent groups,” he mentioned their involvement in vehicle theft.