State Attorney Says Calm Has Returned to Jalisco

The Attorney General of Jalisco, Luis Carlos Najera, reports that the state is calm after a violent day on Friday in 25 municipalities.

“There have not been any threats today,” the official said. He also clarified that while things are calm, the state is still in ‘Code Red’ awareness.

On Friday, Jalisco experienced one of the most violent days in recent years that left seven dead, 19 injured, and numerous destructed buildings and cars throughout the state.

The Attorney General did not rule out more activity if “Operation Jalisco” is maintained by Federal Authorities.

“Operation Jalisco” is aimed at capturing cartel leaders in the state, primarily the growing Jalisco New Generation Cartel. The operation began at 7:00 AM Friday morning with arrests, however the identities of those captured have not yet been released. Shortly after, the attacks began around the state.

“We have to be aware that every time they arrest a leader of this organization there has been retaliation. If they continue the operation it can happen again,” he said at the end of the ceremony in honor of the state police who died in a shootout in the city of Autlan, on the south coast of the state.

Najera said that of the 19 arrested on Friday, eight are under investigation and 10 more are “fully identified and charged” as responsible for attacks in the state.

In their social networks, President Enrique Peña Nieto spoke about this operation and said that this cartel “will be dismantled” as they have done with “other organized crime groups.”

He said his government will continue working with the authorities of Jalisco and other states to “strengthen the rule of law”.

Military and police presence has remained strong throughout the state, including in the capital city of Guadalajara and the resort town of Puerto Vallarta.


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