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International News: Mexico’s army deploys troops, helicopters and convoys to areas cut off by drug cartels

Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2023. 11:22 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez:  On Wednesday, Mexico’s armed forces deployed troops, convoys and helicopters into border areas with Guatemala following road blockades by drug cartels.

According to the Associated Press, the cartels rife prompted electricity outages in some areas.

In Chiapas, the cartels have taken control of a vast area of territory that some government workers had to be flown in by helicopter to repair power lines.

Near Frontera Comalapa, a viral video showed heavily-armed gunmen from the Sinaloa cartel rolling into one town, drawing cheers from residents.

Meanwhile, church groups complained supplies were running out because of the gang roadblocks.

The Mexican President has since acknowledged that the cartels have cut off electricity in some towns and forbidden government workers from coming in to the largely rural area to fix the power lines.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that the cartels are fighting for control of the drug smuggling routes that lead into southern Mexico from Central America.

However, the same area is also a valuable route for smuggling immigrants, thousands of who have clambered aboard trains to reach the U.S. border.

The Sinaloa cartel is fighting the Jalisco New Generation cartel for control of the area, located in a rural, mountainous area north of the border city of Tapachula.

 

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