Three members of CJNG arrested for the January-March shootings in Colima resulting in 89 victims

One of those presumed responsible for the wave of violence in Colima was arrested this Sunday by elements of the Secretary of the Navy and the Attorney General’s Office in Zapopan; This is Aldrin Miguel Jarquín Jarquín, alias “Chaparrito” , lieutenant of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel , who according to federal authorities controlled the transfer of drugs and chemical precursors through the port of Manzanillo.

The information released indicates that after being arrested, Jarquín Jarquín was transferred by helicopter to Mexico City to make him available to the Special Prosecutor for Organized Crime.

During the operation, two other alleged members of the CJNG who could be related to firearms trafficking were arrested.

They are Diana Laura “M” and Juan Salvador “B” who were seized chargers and cartridges for firearms, cash, cell phones, a bag with dry green grass with characteristics of marijuana, vials, boxes of clonazepam , storage devices and various objects.

The search was ordered as part of the investigations initiated on March 29, 2019 after the FGR received an anonymous complaint about alleged members of the CJNG operating in Colima, Jalisco and Mexico City.

After the violence in Colima intensified last February 7, mainly in the state capital, Governor Indira Vizcaíno Silva pointed out that everything was due to a struggle between two criminal groups that were previously allies and today fight for territory.

In dispute, CJNG and Colima Independent Cartel

On February 25, during the press conference that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador gave in Colima, security authorities indicated that according to their intelligence reports there is a split in the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel, which previously had an ally in the entity. to a criminal group known as Los Mezcales, led by José Bernabé Brizuela Meraz, alias “La Vaca”.

Brizuela Meráz has named her organization the Colima Independent Cartel and federal reports indicated that she was in a dispute over control of drug sales in the state capital with Aldrin Miguel Jarquín Jarquín.

The violent events that occurred on January 25 at the Colima Social Rehabilitation Center are also attributed to this war between criminal groups, where nine prisoners died and seven more were injured.

Homicides increased in Colima

From last February 7 to March 11, at least 89 people have been murdered in the entity, according to data from the “Daily report of intentional homicides reported by open sources throughout the country” made by the Media Analysis Table of the Secretariat of Security and Citizen Protection (SSPC) of the federal government.

According to data from the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System, this is one of the most violent periods in the entity, since intentional homicides have reached the levels registered in 2017, the bloodiest year in the entity since they were systematized. these dates.

That year, in Colima, 698 intentional homicides were registered and the most violent months were July, with 82 cases; June, with 78; and December, with 76.

The “Daily report of intentional homicides by open sources” presented by the SSPC is based on the analysis of journalistic notes from all over the country, but also an interdisciplinary team made up of the agency itself, the Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA), the The Secretary of the Navy (SEMAR) and the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) also present a daily report in this regard.

The data obtained from open sources indicate that between February 7 and March 11 of this year, despite the presence of more than 1,600 elements of federal forces deployed in the entity to try to contain the violence, 75 men and seven women have been murdered, in addition to the fact that in seven cases the sex of the victim could not be identified.

During this period – according to the report – the day with the most intentional homicides was February 22, when nine murders were committed: eight of men and one of a woman.