Official: Gang leader behind massacre in port city
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican military authorities say the recently captured leader of the Jalisco New Generation drug gang had been locked in a fight with the brutal Zetas drug cartel and other gangs since 2010.
Army spokesman Gen. Ricardo Trevilla says Erick Valencia Salazar tried to expand his gang's control by sending cells to states near his home base of Jalisco in western Mexico. Trevilla said Valencia's gunmen dumped 35 bodies of alleged Zetas last year in a busy avenue in the city of Veracruz during rush hour.
Trevilla said Monday that Valencia was a lieutenant for drug capo Ignacio "Nacho" Coronel, who was killed in a clash with soldiers in 2010. Valencia formed the Jalisco New Generation drug gang after the death of Coronel, who was an ally of the powerful Sinaloa cartel.
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