Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has asked that the hyper-violent Jalisco New Generation Cartel do him a solid by changing its name.
The proposed rebrand—removing the name of the western Mexican state of Jalisco—would be really appreciated, according to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, because it’s affecting the image of the eponymous state where the gang is based. Advertisement
Jalisco is a popular tourism destination for both Mexicans and foreigners and is famous for its mariachi music, regional cuisine, and is the heartland of tequila.
The bizarre request came during López Obrador’s daily morning news conference on Tuesday after one of his top security officials detailed how an internal dispute between factions of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, or CJNG for its Spanish acronym, allegedly led to a viral video of the gangland executions over the weekend.
López Obrador didn’t provide alternate suggestions for the cartel’s name, nor did he mention additional organized crime groups named after other Mexican states, most prominently the Sinaloa Cartel or the Michoacan Family. The CJNG has not appeared to comment on the request from the president or suggested any new names of their own.
The CJNG was founded by Nemesio Oseguera, aka El Mencho, around a dozen years ago as a faction of the now-defunct Milenio Cartel in the state of Jalisco. El Mencho himself was actually born and raised in neighboring Michoacán, where the CJNG is at war with other groups in the state for control of its lucrative criminal markets.
Source: El Universal