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By MARK LORENZANA

Ricardo Mejía Berdeja, Mexican Undersecretary of Public Security, announced on Wednesday, Oct. 13, that César Augusto “N,” alias El Gafe — the alleged leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) involved in the shooting at a shopping center in Zapopan, Jalisco, on the afternoon of Oct. 2 — was arrested.

In a press conference, Mejía Berdeja explained that El Gafe is the alleged regional leader of the CJNG in the Jalisco municipalities of Tlajomulco de Zúñiga and El Salto.

“The importance of this arrest cannot be overstated because the subject, Carlos Augusto, alias El Gafe, is linked to crimes such as kidnapping, as well as the planning and execution of the events that occurred on Oct. 2 in the shopping center of Zapopan, where a person lost his life,” said Mejía Berdeja.

The attempted kidnapping of a businessman by the CJNG triggered the shooting at the high-end shopping mall Plaza Andares in Zapopan on Oct. 2.

The arrest, Mejía Berdeja explained, was carried out by the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) in close collaboration with the National Guard (GN), the National Intelligence Center (Cisen) and the  Special Prosecutor’s Office for Organized Crime (FEMDO).

Mejía Berdeja detailed that 1,000 fentanyl pills, rifles, handguns, grenades, cartridges and vehicles were seized during the arrest. He said that El Gafe is responsible for many of the incidences of violence in Guadalajara.

“He coordinates with drug retail cells and assassins, and is responsible for the recruitment of new members of operating cells in different states,” Mejía Berdeja said. “These cells are already being investigated by the Special Prosecutor for Organized Crime.”

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