“Sol Prendido”for Borderland Beat

The armed criminal cell deployed among the inhabitants of the region, who applauded as they claimed to belong to the Sinaloa Cartel.

Residents of the municipality of Frontera Comalapa, Chiapas, gathered this Saturday to welcome with applause and shouts an armed criminal cell, presumably from the Sinaloa Cartel, who freed the passage to the town of La Trinitaria.

More than 20 armored vehicles with armed men on board passed through the roads, after 13 days of blockades at different points along the route to San Gregorio Chamic, which kept the border area tense.

In videos circulating on social networks, residents can be seen lining up on the sides of the federal highway to cheer on the alleged members of the Sinaloa Cartel.

With long weapons and military-style clothing, including bulletproof tactical vests with the legend “Navy,” as if they belonged to the Armed Forces, the armed criminal cell made their way through the villagers while shouting that they were part of the Sinaloa Cartel.

The roads between the towns of Frontera Comalapa and Trinitaria, near San Gregorio Chamic, and the accesses to Trinitaria and Comitán had been blocked since September 11.

Trucks belonging to businessmen and public transportation were occupied to close the access roads and demand justice for the kidnapping and subsequent death of Berni Flor, a murdered high school teacher.

According to local media, a group allegedly allied with the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) participated in the blockades, which involved checking vehicles at the entrances and exits of the Chiapas municipality.

Some checkpoints are maintained in the area of Frontera Comalapa and Mazapa de Madero, while control is strict for those who do not belong to the criminal alliances that are disputing the region and the Sierra Madre of the state.

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