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Governor of Jalisco shields his state from neighboring Zacatecas criminal groups

Jalisco, Mexico — The governor of the state of Jalisco has announced reinforced security along his boundaries from the neighboring state. The move comes after days of insecurity in the state of Zacatecas.

On Wednesday afternoon, Jalisco governor Enrique Alfaro Ramírez announced that the boundaries with the neighboring state of Zacatecas will be shielded to prevent criminal groups from entering.

During his report for the 100 days for Citizen Security, the governor said that by decision of the security table, surveillance along the border with Zacatecas will be reinforced with the goal of preventing criminal groups from entering Jalisco territory.

“Given what is happening in the neighboring state, we are going to reinforce the limits of our state with Zacatecas,” he said adding that the reinforcement comes into affect November 25.

Alfaro Ramírez detailed that in recent days, there have been different acts of violence generated by the war between the Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG), Sinaloa and Los Talibanes-Zetas.

The state of Zacatecas has the attention of authorities due to disputes between organized crime groups within the municipalities of Fresnillo, Loreto, Calera and Cuauhtémoc, for their high rates of violence.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) recently announced that his government will strengthen security in the state. On Wednesday, he met with Zacatecas governor David Monreal, to discuss the problem and send reinforcements.

“The violence, it is a confrontation between criminal groups and the setting is Zacatecas, so we are going to meet and support Governor David Monreal and give all our support to the people of Zacatecas.

“We are members of the Federal Government, the entire cabinet is going. We will be there today and tomorrow, the entire Zacatecas Security Plan will be reinforced,” reported AMLO.

The territorial dispute between the cartels have plunged Zacatecas deep into criminal violence. The cartels, which are known for their involvement in drug trafficking, human trafficking and arms transfers, are fighting for control of the state.

Its proximity to the ports of Lázaro Cárdenas and Manzanillo, the drug ports, also make Zacatecas a state coveted by the men of organized crime.

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