Blockades Obstruct Highways in Colima after El Caparrito Arrest
By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF
At least four narco-blockades were reported during the early hours of Monday, March 14, along the highways of the western Mexican state of Colima, hours after the arrest of Miguel Aldrín Jarquín Jarquín, alias “El Chaparrito,” leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).
Reports from motorists, mainly from heavy cargo carriers, indicated that burning trailers and sugarcane trucks were blocking the El Trapiche area and near the Ikal subdivision in Colima’s Cuauhtémoc Municipality.
In addition, another burning sugarcane vehicle was reported obstructing the road near a gas station on the Colima-Guadalajara highway, and one on the Mexican Army Bypass in the Colima capital.
Notwithstanding, the highways division of the National Guard (GN) said that the closures were “due to accidents and not to blockades caused by organized crime.”
On Sunday, Mexican Federal Police, working with the Navy, detained El Chaparrito in Zapopan, Jalisco.
El Chaparrito is considered to be the leader of the CJNG in Manzanillo, Colima, just below Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera Cervantes and his son-in-law, Julio Alberto Castillo Rodríguez.