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Cartel leader’s body found after he accused security chief of working with him to take down cartel


 The Attorney General’s Office for the western Mexican state of Jalisco has called on the nation’s top cop to investigate claims that Mexico City’s security chief Omar García Harfuch reportedly aligned himself with the late leader of a cartel to take down the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

The shocking allegations were made by Carlos ‘El Cholo’ Sánchez, the former leader of the New Plaza Cartel, in a video that was uploaded on social media by the rival Jalisco New Generation Cartel on Thursday morning.

 Sánchez was found dead just hours after the video’s release, with his body placed on a park bench with two large knives jutting out from him.

‘My name is Carlos Enrique Sánchez Martínez, a.k.a ‘El Cholo,’ native of Guadalajara, Jalisco,’ the handcuffed former high-ranking member of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel said while a bevy of masked armed men stood in the background.

‘I met in the Federal District (Mexico City) with Omar García Harfuch so that he could give me support since we are both against the CJNG,’ he continued. ‘He provided me the support. He just told me to have something relevant so that he could come here to the city with all of his people or the support that he was going to send.’

Carlos ‘El Cholo’ Sánchez (front center), the former leader of the New Plaza Cartel, appeared in a video Thursday in which he allegedly claimed to have reached a deal with Mexico City’s security chief Omar García Harfuch to combat the Jalisco New Generation Cartel. El Cholo was found dead, his body covered in plastic, on top of a park bench in the Jalisco municipality of Tlaquepaque. The Jalisco State Attorney General’s Office has demanded an investigation from the nation’s Attorney General

Omar Garcu00EDa Harfuch (pictured) denied the allegations made byu00A0Carlos 'El Cholo' Su00E1nchez, the late leader of the New Plaza Cartel, who said he and Harfuch had joined forces to fight the Jalisco New Generation Cartel because they were 'both against the CJNG'

Omar García Harfuch (pictured) denied the allegations made by Carlos ‘El Cholo’ Sánchez, the late leader of the New Plaza Cartel, who said he and Harfuch had joined forces to fight the Jalisco New Generation Cartel because they were ‘both against the CJNG’

The body of Carlos 'El Cholo' Su00E1nchez found lying on a park bench Thursday near theu00A0Tlaquepaque city hall building

The body of Carlos ‘El Cholo’ Sánchez found lying on a park bench Thursday near the Tlaquepaque city hall building

Sánchez’s body was found wrapped from head to toe with two knives plunged into his chest and leg. It was dumped just several steps away from the city hall building in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco a couple of hours after the video’s release.

The Jalisco State Attorney General’s Office verified the video’s content later in the evening.

‘This material confirms the existence of an orchestrated strategy to destabilize the state by a group of organized crime,’ Jalisco Attorney General Gerardo Octavio Solís said. ‘Everything indicates that it is the person named Carlos Sánchez Martínez, nicknamed ‘El Cholo.’

In the video, Sánchez alleged that García Harfuch had instructed him to spark several criminal incidents in the state of Jalisco. 

He obliged by abandoning dead bodies in several mass graves in the Jalisco cities of Tonalá, Tlaquepaque, Tlajomulco and Zapopan, and then alerted the police of the locations. 

Sánchez also took responsibility for a December 2018 grenade attack on the United States Embassy in Guadalajara. No casualties or injuries were reported in the incident.

Su00E1nchez's body was found wrapped from head to toe with two knives plunged into his chest and leg. It was placed on a park bench just several steps away from the city hall building in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco a couple of hours after the video's release.

Sánchez’s body was found wrapped from head to toe with two knives plunged into his chest and leg. It was placed on a park bench just several steps away from the city hall building in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco a couple of hours after the video’s release.

Erick Valencia, pictured following his arrest in Mexico in March 2012, co-founded the New Plaza Cartel in 2018. He is wanted on drug trafficking charges by the United States government, which is offering a $5million reward for information leading to his arrest and/or conviction

Erick Valencia, pictured following his arrest in Mexico in March 2012, co-founded the New Plaza Cartel in 2018. He is wanted on drug trafficking charges by the United States government, which is offering a $5million reward for information leading to his arrest and/or conviction

The Jalisco State Attorney General's Office is seeking an investigation into allegations presented byu00A0Carlos 'El Cholo' Su00E1nchez, who late leader of the New Plaza Cartel, who said Mexico City security chief Omar Garcu00EDa Harfuch had entered an agreement with him to provide his organization support to take down the Jalisco New Generation Cartel

The Jalisco State Attorney General’s Office is seeking an investigation into allegations presented by Carlos ‘El Cholo’ Sánchez, who late leader of the New Plaza Cartel, who said Mexico City security chief Omar García Harfuch had entered an agreement with him to provide his organization support to take down the Jalisco New Generation Cartel

García Harfuch, who was wounded during a failed assassination attempt carried out in Mexico City by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel in June 2020, denied the allegations made by Sánchez.

‘Regarding a video in which a criminal kidnapped  by other criminals made to comments about me, I reiterate that false messages from criminals will not distract us,’ he said. ‘My commitment to society is firm, fighting crime to the last consequences.’

Pictured: Local media reported that this image shows the Mexico City police chief being treated at the scene by paramedics. Harfuch was shot three times and one of his bodyguards died trying to protect him

Pictured: Local media reported that this image shows the Mexico City police chief being treated at the scene by paramedics. Harfuch was shot three times and one of his bodyguards died trying to protect him

Sánchez split from the Jalisco New Generation Cartel and their leader Nemesio ‘El Mencho’ Oseguera in 2018 and along with Erick ‘El 85’ Valencia formed the New Plaza Cartel and unleashed a wave of terror across Tonalá, Zapopan, Tlaquepaque and Tlajomulco de Zúñiga.

The United States is offering a $5 million reward for information leading to the arrest and/or arrest of Valencia, who is wanted on drug trafficking charges.



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