Disappearances, confrontations and ambushes: what is happening in the Jalisco Highlands 

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On Saturday, when he was on his way to inaugurate a restoration work in the Delegation of Belén del Refugio, the mayor of Teocaltiche was ambushed and shot by a commando. 

The municipal president, Juan Manuel Vallejo Pedroza, survived the attack, but the two agents who were escorting him, César Villalobos and Leobardo Jiménez, lost their lives inside the vehicle in which they were escorting the mayor. 

In their flight to the municipality of Lagos de Moreno, where five young people disappeared on August 11, the mayor’s assailants robbed a man’s truck, set the unit on fire and left it across the San Juan de los Lagos and Encarnacion de Diaz highway. . 

In Los Altos, the narco prevails as if it were a political campaign. On August 18, images circulated of a small plane that flew over Teocaltiche and dropped thousands of flyers addressed to the inhabitants of the town. 

In the pieces of paper, signed by the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG), threats were launched against two members of the Sinaloa Cartel identified as “Mario” and “Ramón”, who were accused of receiving explosives from the Army and “working” with government. 

Two years, in 2021, something similar had been seen. In another overflight, members of the CJNG launched papers in Teocaltiche to hold “Mario González and his people” responsible for the wave of disappearances, extortions, and homicides that have since drowned the region. 

Mario González Martínez and his brother Ramón are the children of the famous drug trafficker known as Don Mario, a trusted man of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. Now, his children are identified as representatives of the Sinaloa Cartel in Los Altos de Jalisco. In the flyers that were distributed to the population, his rivals accused him of having ties to the National Guard and the municipal government. 

As of 2019, the rivalry between both drug gangs escalated. In October of that year six people were executed in Teocaltiche, and the confrontations that swept the region one after another caused the displacement of thousands of people in Los Gracias, El Rosario, Rancho Santo, Rancho Mayor, El Saucito and Aguatina. 

The ambushes of municipal, state and National Guard police officers also began. On May 17, 2022, three National Guardsmen were executed. Months before, a confrontation lasting an hour and a half paralyzed the town of Mazcua, located 8 kilometers from Teocaltiche. 

Then the mayor Vallejo Pedroza said that he “did not know what was happening.” 

  Source: Infobae