“Sol Prendido” for Borderland Beat

In the confrontations that has been going on since last Friday between members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and Cartel de Sinaloa (CDS) in the municipality of Chicomuselo in the Sierra region of Chiapas, 11 people have been killed in the Nuevo Morelia community. Among them two servants of the Catholic Church, informed sources from the Diocese of San Cristóbal de las Casas.

The State Attorney General’s Office confirmed in a very brief communiqué the homicide of the 11 people; murders that it assured were registered in the last hours in the community of Morelia. 

The agency affirmed that the Inter-institutional Group (Army, National Guard), headed by the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) through the Prosecutor of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Chicomuselo, carried out the removal of the bodies, making a medical examination of the bodies and carrying out the identification of the bodies with the family members.

He pointed out that in order to guarantee peace in the area, investigations are being carried out by the Inter-institutional Group made up of personnel from the Mexican Army, National Guard and police, who are patrolling the region in order to determine who is responsible.

The diocese of San Cristóbal de las Casas reported that it is compiling the information and will probably issue a statement, although “communication with the area is difficult and also today they are attending to the funerals” of the murdered residents.”

The source who requested anonymity said he did not know how the events occurred, because there is little communication with the area, in part, because one of the groups damaged the infrastructure of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) and several communities don’t have electricity. 

Residents of Chicomuselo reported on Sunday that since Friday there have been clashes between members of organized crime gangs, and that they have heard reports that there have been several deaths, but so far no government agency has confirmed it.

For three years, drug trafficking cartels have been fighting over the Sierra and border regions of Chiapas, bordering Guatemala, causing executions, confrontations, disappearances, forced displacement, collection of land rights, burning of vehicles, suspension of public transportation and constant road blockades.

Chicomuselo, Chiapas