Mexican cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación expands control in Guatemala and this says the MP

The crimes, arms trafficking and drug trafficking registered during the second semester of 2021 show a strong presence in Guatemala of the Mexican Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG), commanded by Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, alias “el Mencho”.

Investigators from the Narcoactivity Prosecutor’s Office of the Public Ministry (MP) assure that the power of the Mexican Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) in Mexico has effects in Guatemala and the rest of the region.

According to the Prosecutor’s Office, in Guatemala, this influence has been evidenced by means of control of territories, links with officials and there are traces of possible links with agents of the National Civil Police (PNC) and members of the Army.

One of the investigations that has revealed the presence of the Mexican cartel in Guatemala is the one that began in 2018 when it was investigated for the landing of planes with drugs on clandestine runways. The investigations determined that this criminal structure had links with members of the Guatemalan Army who controlled the airspace and from that account is that last Tuesday they made the arrests of Carlos Enrique Durán Cáceres, Major of Aviation; Ángel Eliberto Vargas Urizar, Second Captain of War Material; and Walter Vinicio Contreras Munguía, Infantry Lieutenant.

That case suggested more lines of investigation to prosecutors, but there were events that confirmed the suspicion: the CJNG operates in Guatemala.

In the case of the military linked to the drug trafficking cartel, the first statement hearing has yet to be held and more evidence will be exposed.

Last September, a threat against agents of the National Civil Police (PNC) became viral on social networks, which exposed an armed group that identified itself as part of the CJNG through a video.

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In the recording, one of the men from the armed group demands the “return of things” that the police allegedly stole, and they gave a 24-hour period. That was the only time that an armed group from the CJNG exposed itself and warned the security forces in Guatemala.

The Ministry of the Interior opened an internal investigation and the Prosecutor’s Office also does so.

There is another case in which the influence of the CJNG is mentioned and it is a link in the Congress of the Republic. The capture of José Daniel Castillo Quiñónez, concierge of the Legislative Branch, has determined through the testimony of a witness that there could be a relationship with the Mexican cartel.

The collaborator assured the Prosecutor for Crimes against Life that Castillo Quiñónez in a conversation detailed that he had a “boss who was related to the Jalisco Nueva Generación cartel” and supplied them with weapons.

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One of the characteristics that has caused suspicion and could imply Castillo Quiñónez’s link with some drug trafficking structure, apart from the witness’s statement, is that he paid for some crimes that he ordered against hitmen and for which he was arrested in dollars.

The expansion of the cartel does not end there. There are indications that this structure of Mexican drug traffickers dominates the trafficking of migrants on the borders with Guatemala and one of them would be that of La Mesilla, in Huehuetenango.


The CJNG arises after the death of the former Sinaloa Cartel, Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel, who was killed by the Mexican security forces in July 2010.

The death of Coronel causes an internal struggle and the armed groups “Los Torcidos” and “La Resistencia” arise, that struggle was dominated by the former, who later founded the CJNG in 2011.

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The Drug Control Administration (DEA) estimates that this cartel has control of 75 percent of the municipalities in Mexico (control in 23 municipalities).

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