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Yet another Mexican state, Colima, in the central western part of the country, fell under a barrage of violence and vehicle burnings late Thursday, Aug. 18, following the arrest in Mexico City of José “La Vaca” Bernabé Brizuela, the alleged head of the Los Mezcales criminal group.

According to police reports, vehicles were burned in both the municipalities of Colima and Villa de Álvarez.

, alleged generator of violence in Colima, this Friday morning the burning of vehicles was recorded in the municipalities of Colima and Villa de Álvarez.

Minutes after the arrest of the alleged leader of Los Mezcales was made public in social media, the Colima capita, where the group is headquartered, reported at least five vehicles set on fire on main avenues.

Colima Governor Indira Vizcaíno Silva, a member of López Obrador’s leftist National Regeneration Movement (Morena) party, insisted on her social networks that the situation was well in hand under local authorities.

Notwithstanding, there were numerous reports and recording on social media of violent attacks on businesses and private properties.

Bernabé Brizuela, whose organization is purportedly currently in a turf war in Colima with the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), has been linked to the murders of several people in that state, including a lawyer, at the beginning of the year, which allegedly led to an intensification of tensions between the two groups.

In recent months, the number of murders attributed to both the Jalisco New Generation Cartel and Los Mezcales has increased.

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