Jalisco New Generation Cartel
Clara Elena Laborín Archuleta, the wife of imprisoned drug lord Hector Beltrán Leyva, was reportedly planning to retake turf in Acapulco that was once held by her husband's cartel.
The gunmen are reportedly allied to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, one of at least 10 criminal groups fighting for control of the Hot Land region in western Mexico.
The unconfirmed reports go some way to easing fears of the imminent outbreak of a major war — either within factions of the Sinaloa cartel, or between this group and the rapidly expanding Jalisco New Generation Cartel.
The abduction of one of the kingpin's sons has triggered fears of a violent backlash, with reports suggesting another, more important, son might have been kidnapped as well.
Officials said the gunmen appeared to be targeting members of a rival group when they rounded up between 10 and 12 men from a gourmet restaurant in the Pacific resort city of Puerto Vallarta early on Monday.
Renewed cartel violence in the first half of this year pushed up Mexico's murder rate by about 15 percent.
The hitman talked about the Zetas’ relationship with local politicians in the state of Veracruz, the cartel’s wars with rivals, and the toll his “work” has taken on his personal life.
The authorities in the western state of Jalisco say that the fake company distributed flyers seeking recruits with “a desire to better themselves,” and then set them to work selling drugs.
The wave of attacks have been widely blamed on the Jalisco New Generation Cartel that in recent years has grown into one of Mexico’s most important criminal groups.