U.S. Consulate cautions Americans in Guadalajara
Zapopan, Jalisco -
Mexican army troops have arrested the son of the leader of the Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG), a powerful organized crime group commonly known as Los Matazetas, or "Zeta killers."
Rubén Oseguera, son of CJNG top boss Nemesio Oseguera, was taken into custody during an early morning operation in Zapopan, a sprawling suburban community just beyond the Guadalajara city limits. There were no injuries, authorities reported during a noon press conference.
The younger Oseguera is a prime suspect in an attack launched by CJNG in the heart of Guadalajara on Aug. 25 2012, an event which terrorized a metropolitan community unaccustomed to cartel street violence. More narco blockades in Guadalajara, by Los Matazetas. He is alleged to be the second in command of the organization.
Oseguera and four men described as CJNG executioners detained with him have been turned over to federal Organized Crime Strike Force prosecutors in Mexico City. Authorities urged the community to remain calm, but said they could not rule out a counter-offensive by CJNG operatives in retaliation for the arrests. Matazeta gunmen seized several vehicles and set them afire on city streets after military units took Oseguera into custody in a raid just before dawn.
Oseguera was in possession of $500,000 dollars and an armaments stockpile when he was captured, according to late reports.
Federal officials allege CJNG operates a huge drug trafficking network which imports narcotics from Central and South America and exports them to the United States. Oseguera was in charge of the operation, and of preventing the entry of Los Caballeros Templarios, a powerful cartel in neighboring Michoacán state, into Jalisco and Colima. In addition, CJNG operatives have directly challenged the Templarios on their own territory in recent months, contributing to a virtual civil war in the state.
The U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara posted this message today on its Facebook account:
"This morning, the U.S. Consulate received reports of criminal roadblockades in the Guadalajara metropolitan area. At least three buses and cars were hijacked, left in the middle of roads and set on fire to disrupt traffic. Mexican police and safety officials are working to restore normal traffic. The Consulate advises against travel on the periferico highway and to the airport. Please exercise caution on all roads and stay alert to public announcements from Mexican police and authorities. The U.S. Consulate is open and functioning normally."
Jan. 31 - Mexican prosecutor: Jalisco drug cartel armed Michoacán autodefensas
Jan. 26 - 20 Michoacán police officers charged as "Zeta killers"
Feb. 21 - The power vacuum in Michoacán is being filled by CJNG. As the Templarios are forced into hiding by federal troops and autodefensas, and others flee the state altogether, the Matazetas are showing up in former Templario strongholds, pursing the same line of business - narcotics trafficking coupled with commercial extortion targeted at local businessmen.
Apr. 27 - "Zeta killer" arrested in Puerto Vallarta
July 18 - Matazeta boss arrested in 2008 case of 12 men decapitated in Mérida, Yucatán
May 14 - Drug cartels behind three recent Guadalajara attacks
Apr. 23 - Guadalajara's mayor: "I'm worried about security"
Feb. 1 - Thank God for the Mexican army
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