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New cartel: a sign on a churchyard fence advises the birth of La Nueva Familia. New cartel: a sign on a churchyard fence advises of the birth of La Nueva Familia.

New cartel announces itself in Michoacán

State security chief had only just announced the eradication of major crime gangs

A new cartel has appeared in the state of Michoacán, one day after the state security chief had announced the eradication of all criminal organizations.

La Nueva Familia announced itself Saturday by posting several signs — one on the fence of a church — in the municipalities of Zamora, Jacona, Santiago Tangamandapio, Jiquilpan, Sahuayo, Purépero and Villamar.

Citizen alerted authorities to the signs as they were being posted, which led to the mobilization of state and federal police officers, as well as elements of the Mexican Army, who promptly took them down.

The operation also led to the arrest of a 32-year-old man when he tried to post a sign near a shopping mall in Zamora.

The state Attorney General has started a preliminary investigation to determine what group was behind the signs.

One posted in Zamora advised citizens there would be a cleansing of those who supported the CJNG, or Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación, and all those engaged in extortion, robbery, kidnapping and killing for pay.

According to intelligence reports, La Nueva Familia formed last December from an amalgamation of different cells that originally were part of the criminal organizations Los Caballeros Templarios and Los Viagras.

Both have been known to operate in the Tierra Caliente and coastal regions of the state.

The splinter cells were drawn together after the murder in late December of Carlos Rosales Mendoza, “El Tísico,” one of the founders and leaders of La Familia Michoacana.

The new cartel is allegedly led by Homero González Rodríguez, also known as “El Gallito,” nephew of Nazario “El Challo” Moreno González, former leader of Los Caballeros Templarios.

Until now, González Rodríguez was believed to have replaced Servando Gómez Martínez, “La Tuta,” as leader of that cartel after the former’s arrest almost a year ago.

For its part, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has warned that the apprehension of the leaders of La Familia Michoacana and Los Caballeros Templarios had the inadvertent consequence of strengthening the presence of the CJNG in Michoacán.

In a report published last October, the Mexican Attorney General’s office identified both the CJNG and Los Caballeros Templarios as the only two criminal organizations with a strong presence in the state.

Source: El Universal (sp)

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