The geographical location and connectivity have made Zacatecas one of the objectives of the Cartel Jalisco Nuevo Generación (CJNG), since it’s the obligatory route that connects the Pacific Ocean with the main border areas in the north of the country as well as the United States, according to specialists.
In the last decade, Zacatecas has suffered from the settlement of at least five cartels, mainly due to the commercialization of fentanyl, a drug that has become popular in the United States and is cheaper, stronger and deadly than others.
According to the security consultant and political scientist David Saucedo Torres, for a year the alerts were turned on in Zacatecas due to the dispute between two criminal groups.
“In Zacatecas there is a presence of the Golfo, Noreste and Talibanes cartels, but for more than a year new incursions, divisions and even strategic alliances have been detected between these groups due to the entry with greater force of the Cartel de Sinaloa and Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación. However, in this area the CJNG is one more actor, it doesn’t have the troops, the weapons, or the resources to be the main generator of violence. Let’s say it’s a secondary battlefront for the Cartel Jalisco ”, he explained.
In April of last year, the CJNG raised an alert in the municipality of Valparaíso, where a convoy of several vehicles with their initials burst into town showing their weapons and announcing their arrival in Zacatecan territory, according to inhabitants.
Arturo López Bazán, Secretary of Public Security of Zacatecas, assures that the CJNG maintains a fight for the territory with the Sinaloa Cartel and has been advancing so much that their disputes already occur in the municipalities at the center of the entity.
Both the CJNG and the Sinaloa Cartel have sought to strengthen themselves with other groups that operate in the area. According to police intelligence reports, the Cartel Jalisco allegedly made a pact with the Gulf Cartel, while the Cartel de Sinaloa is in alliance with the Cartel del Noreste and a faction of Los Talibanes.