InSight Crime posts Luis Alonso Pérez’s article, Mexico’s Jalisco Cartel – New Generation: From Extinction to World Domination
From a small group of deserters from the now-extinct Milenio Cartel, they evolved into a vast criminal network whose links extend through all of the Americas, as well as Europe and Asia.
The key to their rapid expansion has been the strategic presence of operations on the southeast border of the United States, next to Tijuana, and the northeast border, next to Vancouver, Canada. Additionally, they control areas in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Alonso Pérez states that “As of this year, this cartel is the biggest and most important in Mexico.”
Among their allies, Alonso Pérez writes, are Colombia’s FARC, who supply the cocaine,
The report states that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – FARC) supplied the cocaine, and that the CJNG transported shipments to 10 key cities in the United States including San Diego, Los Angeles and Seattle. Among the points from which they regularly operate are maritime ports and high-capacity airplane terminals, which facilitate trafficking activities. The latest indication of their international expansion towards the Southern Cone was the arrest of Gerardo González Valencia — Abigael’s brother — and his wife, Wendy Amaral, in April of this year in Montevideo, Uruguay. The charges: assisting Los Cuinis with drug trafficking.
Is placing the unelected FARC members in Colombia’s Congress, while the FARC remain partners with Mexico’s most important cartel, a good idea, for the sake of “peace”?