Alleged members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel block roads in Michoacán
In this regard, the Ministry of Public Security channels and said that the blockade had been carried out by armed ”civilians”.
By: Arturo Estrada
Presumed members of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel, (CJNG) made two road blockades on Saturday in the state of Michoacán, both in the municipality of Uruapán.
Civilians armed with assault rifles and hoods robbed drivers of two trailers to hinder vehicular traffic on the state roads of Uruapan and Gabriel Zamora.
According to information gathered by El Financiero, it was learned that the alleged members of the CJNG did not use their weapons, but they did show blankets with the initials of the cartel. La Voz de Michoacán reports that factions from both CJNG and “Los Viagras” arrived heavily armed with their initials on their trucks. The drivers of the tractor trailers stood down for fear of being injured or worse; but ultimately the armed and hooded men fled in the trucks.
Later, the Ministry of Public Security (SSP) only recognized a blockade by “civilians” on the Uruapan-Lombardy highway.
The agency said that personnel of the Michoacán Police moved to that area, after receiving a report to 911, which reported that a group of civilians had stripped the operator of a tractor truck, red, which used to block both lanes of the road at the height of kilometer 88.
Through the State Command, Communications, Computing, Control, Coordination and Intelligence Center (C5), the road and neighboring points are being monitored in order to guarantee free transit and the safety of the population, the secretariat added.
He also stressed that police officers remain in the area to provide security guarantees to those who travel through the aforementioned road, in addition to helping in work to streamline the flow of traffic.
The vehicle, he said, will be made available to the Attorney General of the State of Michoacán , in order to carry out the corresponding actions.
The SSP pointed out that it will not take “a step backwards against any act that threatens the safety of the Michoacán people”. There was an operation to catch the perpetrators but the authorities were unsuccessful.
It should be noted that both the CJNG and the criminal group of “Los Viagras” have unleashed a fratricidal struggle in the state, ie warring factions, which has increased the number of intentional homicides.
The Prosecutor’s Office admitted that the number of intentional homicides recorded during the last 16 months reaches an average of 3.4 a day.
Among the most violent cities of the state are: Buenavista, Morelia, Uruapan, Zamora, Huetamo, Apatzingán, Mújica, Lázaro and La Huacana, according to official reports.