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The imaginary line that was crossed

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It is suspected that today, members of the Jalisco Nueva Generacion cartel carried out a homicide attempt on the Mexico City chief of police, Omar Garcia Harfuch. Although the attackers arrived with machine guns and a Barrett 50. cal sniper rifle, Harfuch survived. He received three bullet impacts and was injured by shrapnel. His armored suburban reportedly used 55mm glass, which is a high standard of armoring.

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The homicide attempt was carried out in Lomas de Chapultepec, the most exclusive neighborhood in the entire country, home to dozens of ambassadors and much of the Mexican elite. Crime in this neighborhood, let alone a homicide attempt with military-grade firearms, is unheard of.

So now, it’s painfully clear that the imaginary line we drew fifteen years ago was crossed. We often believed that drug violence endemic to most of the country seldom got to Mexico City and no cartel had “turf” in the capital. As the drug wars advanced this notion was challenged more and more often. Jalisco Nueva Generacion isn’t even endemic to Mexico City, which is worrisome as Harfuch had spent most of his tenure disarming the local Union Tepito cartel.

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It was originally thought that the attempt on Harfuch was planned due to a drug raid in Guanajuato, but later it was discovered that the attempt planning began prior to the raid.

The homicide attempt on Harfuch occurred days after an anti-cartel local judge was murdered in Colima. 

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Harfuch is in hospital as we speak.

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