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In parts of the country it is fighting medieval-style battles, complete with fortified redoubts, to expand nationwide, from the outskirts of Mexico City, into the tourist resorts around Cancun, and along the northern border.
Jalisco so likes violence and heavy armament that U. It is a promise that cartels in Mexico have long made, and always broken. The priest, who is not being identified to prevent reprisals, would rather not have any gang in town. He is not the only one. A woman who has lived for years under Jalisco cartel rule in a small town says she seeks out local Jalisco enforcers to solve common crime problems.
They solve it quickly," she said. Beneath and around the banner a total of 19 corpses hung from ropes, lay piled on the roadway or were scattered, hacked to pieces. Sofia Huett, the head security official in the central state of Guanajuato, has been on the receiving end of what she calls a propaganda war between Jalisco and the Santa Rosa gang. This always ends badly.
Indeed, the reality of life under the Jalisco cartel is terrifying: the cartel has made the city of Guadalajara and surrounding suburbs into a giant clandestine grave site. Hundreds of bodies have been found in the last year, dumped in drainage canals, buried in fields and the patios and yards of homes.
Bodies have been found dissolved in acid or lye, bodies have been found in plastic bags. So many bodies have been found in Guadalajara that authorities ran out of space at the morgue and took to moving rotting bodies around in refrigerated trucks until neighbors complained about the smell. Experts say the killings skyrocketed after the cartel lost control of its local organization in Guadalajara, and has been battling that splinter group.
Jalisco is accustomed to attacking law enforcement directly. Incartel gunmen trying to protect their leader shot down a Mexican military helicopter with an RPG. Jalisco likes quasi-military tactics, and their hitmen favor military camouflage. In southern Guerrero state, they welded thick armor plating to a truck to make a homemade tank. Jalisco really only understands force, a tactic that Mexico's government has sidelined.
The road in from Jalisco — the main route of attack — is blocked with piles of dirt and rocks staggered in a zigzag pattern, forcing incoming vehicles to slow down. From a house on a nearby hill, a vigilante with a. Nearby, in the township of San Jose de Chila, rival gangs used a church as an armed redoubt to fight off an offensive by Jalisco gunmen.
Holed up in the church tower and from its roof, they tried to defend the town against the incursion, leaving the church filled with bullet holes. They hang banners from overpasses announcing their arrival, offering cash rewards for enemies and threatening police.
In Cancun, a man sidles up to a local crime-scene photographer at a taco stand.
On Feb. The cartel has littered the streets of Cancun with the bodies of its victims, but the violence hasn't really hit the tourist zone, except in the resort of Playa del Carmen, to the south. While extreme violence is hardly new in Mexico, Jalisco is more fearsome than other cartels, more worrisome than even the notorious Zetas, who left piles of as many as 50 bodies on ro, kidnapped hundreds of people and forced them to fight each other to the death with sledgehammers, and burned their victims alive in gasoline drums.
Now, experts say, much of the violence in Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez and Tamaulipas state is fueled by offensives by the Jalisco cartel, often in alliance with local gangs, to take control of key drug routes. The one who calls the shots is Mencho. LOG IN. We'll notify you here with news about. Turn on desktop notifications for breaking stories about interest? Comments 0.
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