Ruben Osegevera Cervantes (El Mencho), leader of Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG) invited his bitter rivals from Los Caballeros Templarios (LCT) (formerly La Familia Michoacan - allegedly destroyed by the Mexican Government) to a Christmas dinner in Jalisco. He hired a popular band and made arrangements with caterers for the huge fiesta. However as with these sorts of things, the word got out that he planned to assassinate his rivals after wining and dining them.
LCT launched an offensive against CJNG in Colima, capturing the town of Villa de Juarez today (located near San Jose de Gracia) and possibly also the port city of Manzanillo, which has changed hands between drug organizations at least ten times in 2012. The Mexican Army (SEDENA) has sent a few desultory troops to observe. Most of them would really rather be in barracks over the holidays, drunk to the gills on old pop-skull.
|NH-500 E2 from Fuerza Aérea Mexicana|
It was a warm day for a fight today with a high of 91(F) and a low tonight of 57 (F). Scattered clouds made it possible for Fuerzas Aérea Mexicana, Fifth Air Group, flying Bell 212's to keep an eye on the drug war from above. High enough so that the narcos wouldn't take pot shots at their hueys and MD500's. (technically NH-500's, transferred from the Italian Air Force)