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Newer Mexican Drug Cartel Behind Deadly Police Ambush

By    |   Thursday, 09 April 2015 08:02 AM

The Jalisco New Generation drug cartel appears to be the rising narcotics trafficking organization in Mexico, according to Business Insider.

In apparent retaliation for a government crackdown on the cartel and its affiliates, the crime organization carried out an ambush April 6 against a police convoy on a rural road in the state of Jalisco.

The attack on the country's west coast cost the lives of 15 Mexican police officers, making it the worst assault by drug lords against police since 2010, according to The Guardian.

The cartel's influence "is spreading like a cancer," Mike Vigil, a former Drug Enforcement Administration official, told Business Insider. "It's the fastest expanding cartel and they could in the near future overtake the Sinaloa cartel as the most significant organized group in Mexico."

The Jalisco cartel reportedly splintered off in 2010 from the northern-based Sinaloa organization, and its reach extends as far as the border with Texas.

As part of its strategy of criminal expansion, the group has presented itself as defending locals against other drug trafficking cartels, Business Insider reported.

New Generation has also been blamed for a turf war that killed 35 people in 2011, and for dumping the bodies on a busy street in Veracruz, the Guardian reported. Some 70 police and officials have been murdered in Jalisco since 2013, it said.

Drug kingpins come and go and new cartels emerge to replace washed-out traffickers. In February, for example, the boss of the Knights Templar crime group, Servando Gomez Martinez, was arrested.

Violence between warring drug traffickers has taken some 100,000 Mexican lives in the past eight years, and another 22,000 people have been reported missing. Nearly 300,000 ordinary Mexicans have been forced to leave their homes in search of safety, according to The Guardian.

The U.S. spends some $2.3 billion to assist Mexico against the drug cartels, according to the State Department.

Mexico is the world's second-largest opium poppy cultivator, just behind Afghanistan. Almost all the cocaine arriving in the U.S. comes through Mexico.

The country is also a major supplier of heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine to the American market, according to government authorities.

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