Mexico’s most ruthless and bloodthirsty cartel launched an attack on a presidential convoy, it has been claimed.
The apparent members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) opened fire after the Guatemalan convoy was spotted in the small village of La Laguna at the Guatemala-Mexico border during a tour by President Alejandro Giammattei – although he was reportedly not involved in the incident.
The president's guard had been traveling around the village on Saturday (July 30) before spotting a group of armed cartel members on the approach.
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But despite being requested to stop their advance, the callous crime group triggered the shoot-out.
Josué López Velázquez, one of the CJNG's head honchos, was injured during the attack and has since been arrested by local police.
The Guatemalan Army shared on its official Twitter Account: "The rest of the men riding on the convoy escaped to Mexico. Mexican authorities then stopped four Guatemalan nationals."
And in a press release shared on Saturday by the army, the armed men who fled to Mexico left three grenades behind.
President Giammattei was thankfully not in the convoy during the attack, local news reported.
The Guatemalan leader, who has been in power since 2020, had only just started his tour of the country and was in a helicopter on the way to a different city at the time of the shoot-out.
This attack was just one example of the growing power of the CJNG, described by US officials as the 'best armed' cartel in Mexico and "one of the most dangerous transnational criminal organisations in the world.”
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Originating in the Mexican state of Jalisco, the CJNG has now spread to almost every state in Mexico and, has even begun to infiltrate other Central and South American nations including El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Colombia, Chile and Guatemala.
And the cartel has had another run-in with Guatemalan officials recently after it issued a threat to the country's National Police for "stealing" drugs belonging to the cartel's leader, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, known as "El Mencho."
In a video shared in September 2021, alleged members of the criminal group said: "No one messes with Señor Nemesio's people. Those things have an owner, and the owner is Jalisco New Generation Cartel," an unidentified man said in the video.
US authorities are desperately on the hunt for El Mencho, offering $10million (£8.19m) for information leading to his capture.
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