“Sol Prendido” and “HEARST” for Borderland Beat
In Colima, CJNG hitmen interrogated a CDS member who alleged that Navy sergeants were actively protecting Sinaloa Cartel members.
The Beginning of the Interrogation
Video translation is as follows:
Here’s all you need to know about the current cartel landscape of Colima before watching. There are three major cartel groups within the state. They are:
- the Sinaloa Cartel (CDS) Mayo faction
- the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG)
- Los Mezcales / Colima Independent Cartel, a CJNG splinter group
Colima is a small state that lies in between Jalisco and Michoacan – two states with a significant CJNG presence.
So, why does CDS bother to spend a significant amount of valuable resources in order to maintain a presence in Colima, when it’s currently sandwiched in between two CJNG states?
It’s because there is a highly valuable port city within Colima, called Manzanillo.
As noted by Redlog earlier this week, Manzanillo receives shipments of firearms and chemical precursors for drug production from South East Asia and Latin America. It also receives shipments of cocaine from Central America, Colombia, Perú and Ecuador.
This helps to explain why CDS and CJNG have chosen important figures from within their organizations leading their forces in the state. CDS has Rafael Guadalupe Félix Núñez, alias “Changuito Antrax”. If you want to learn more about who Changuito Antrax is and his criminal history, please see this previous story.
The leader of the CJNG forces is alleged to be Mencho’s son-in-lawJulio Alberto Castillo Rodríguez, alias “El Chorro”. If you want to read his criminal history, please see this previous story.
The leader of the Colima Independent Cartel was José Bernabé Brizuela Meraz, alias “La Vaca”, however he was arrested in August 2022, and it’s been largely unclear who has taken over his role.
The Rest of the Interrogation Videos
On February 27, 2023, the cartel news Twitter account Jalisciense uploaded footage of the interrogation. The original filming date is unclear. The following is a transcription of what can be heard, as translated by Sol Prendido:
We’re already within the city of Manzanillo. And we plan to purge the rats from CDS. Along with the police corporations who are committing crimes with them. We have nothing personal against any police department. This is only against those individuals who are supporting CDS and don’t deserve to wear a policeman’s uniform.
It’s better if you help us. We’re going to leave a number where we can be reached. Don’t give the opposition the money that you earn by your own sweat. The Jalisco New Generation Cartel will give its support to liquidate those thieves who threaten citizens so that they get paid. They’re nothing more than scum.
For all the restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Such as Nenes Bar, Moreno de Karla, and El Carril de Chandiablo. Don’t bother paying protection fees to these dogs. We’re currently investigating. It won’t be CDS who kills you off. It’ll be us for anyone who decides to pay these rats a single peso. We will also close off your businesses if it comes to this.
We killed Carlos Enrique Martinez Cuesta aka Jimmy. He’s the brother of Marcos Antonio Martinez aka Commander Marcos. Who was also receiving protection from the Navy on behalf of his other brother 1st Sergeant Eduardo Alejandro Martinez Cuesta. On orders of Jorge Raul Rosales Cristerna aka R18. He is second in command within all of Manzanillo. This after R18 and his lackey lieutenants.
We’re currently investigating and will be coming after R21 and Colombiano, you guys think you’re bosses within the neighborhoods. The purge has begun. Be fucking ready cause we’re already in position here.
Yours truly, CJNG Jalisco New Generation Cartel