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This article was reposted and translated from LA SILLA ROTA
TEOCALTICHE – Following the wave of murders in the municipality of Teocaltiche, federal intelligence agencies confirmed that leaders of the Jalisco Cartel – New Generation (CJNG) are behind these crimes, with the protection and support of a police commander. Adrián Alonso Guerrero Covarrubias, “El 08,” is the CJNG’s main operator in this area of Jalisco, Zacatecas and Aguascalientes.
Guerrero Covarrubias, “El 08,” was arrested by the Army on April 9, 2019, in Zapopan, Jalisco. However, a year later he was released. “El 08” is the godson of CJNG leader Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, “El Mencho.”
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arrested in Zapopan, Jalisco Adrián Alonso Guerrero Covarrubias, “El 8″, one of the main regional leaders of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, El Mencho, in Ciénega and Los Altos, Jalisco and southeastern Guanajuato.”El 08″ has his main base of operations in Ocotlán, Jalisco, where in 2015 he orchestrated an attack against elements of the National Gendarmerie, at that time of the Federal Police.”-@MARCOS MUEDANO
He is also accused of ordering the downing of an Army helicopter on May 1 of the same year, an attack that left 16 soldiers and two federal police dead. The aircraft was shot down near the municipality of Villa Purificación, when the armed and federal forces were carrying out a tour of “Operation Jalisco”.
Reports from federal forces also identified Juan Joel Gómez Luis, “El Comandante 5”, as one of the main operators of “El 08” in the Altos Norte region of Jalisco. An information card to which La Silla Rota had access states that the police commander is originally from the municipality of Ocotlan, also the homeland of “El 08”.
The sources consulted indicate that the relationship between the two dates back several years and that “El Comandante 5” was imposed by the CJNG in the police posts he has held. The report also states that Juan Joel Gómez Luis is in charge of “cleaning the Teocaltiche and Villa Hidalgo plazas, with his group of police officers,” so that CJNG criminal cells can enter.
In recent days, federal forces were informed of a meeting between “El 08” and “El Comandante 5” in the town of Mezcala, where Gomez Luis received a payment of 120,000 pesos for his services to the criminal organization.
Despite the fact that federal security personnel were deployed to the area, the criminals were alerted and fled the place, the security report reveals. The source consulted said that Adrián Alonso Guerrero Covarrubias is the one who orders the increasingly frequent armed attacks.
Unrelenting CJNG offensive
This Monday, six residents of Teocaltiche were buried after being shot and killed by a criminal cell of the CNJG on Friday, September 15. Earlier this month, three members of the municipal police were ambushed in an attack allegedly aimed at the mayor, Juan Manuel Vallejo Pedroza.
The three officers were killed on their way to the town of Belen, where the municipal president was going to supervise a public works project. Earlier, on June 18, another armed group at the service of the Jalisco Cartel – New Generation attacked the municipal capital of Teocaltiche.
The result of this criminal offensive was a civilian killed and damage to some homes and private vehicles, as well as to a pickup truck belonging to this criminal cell.
Reports indicate that prior to these events, police convoys under the command of Juan Joel Gómez Luis had entered the area, who also ordered the shooting of residents who were demonstrating against the state police for alleged abuses.
On that day, the aid agencies reported that three villagers were injured, one of whom is in serious condition due to gunshot wounds to the stomach.
Reports from local authorities state that the police convoy entered the town of this Jalisco municipality that night, and residents demonstrated against the police, accusing them of being “thieves, corrupt” and of being in collusion with organized crime.
During the demonstration, the security forces fired at the demonstrators, who they chased and shot at for several minutes. As a result, three villagers were injured, as confirmed by the images of some videos recorded by citizens.
With this action, federal security authorities reconfirmed the collusion of the police command with the leader of the Jalisco Cartel – New Generation.
In addition, residents still denounce abuses and threats from the police officers, who reiterate that they work for the Jalisco Cartel – New Generation, information that is also in the hands of the federal security forces.