Mexico City says extortion gang tried to kill reporter


MEXICO CITY — Mexico City police on Wednesday said an extortion and drug trafficking gang was behind the December 15 gun attack on one of Mexico’s most prominent journalists.

Police chief Omar Garcia Harfuch said 11 people had been detained in connection with the attack on the car driven by journalist Ciro Gómez Leyva.

Little known gang that specializes in murder, extortion of businessmen and drug dealers on the streets of the rugged east side of the city.

Officials did not explain why such a small gang would attempt to kill one of Mexico’s most famous journalists.

Gómez Leyva escaped unharmed, after two gunmen on motorbikes tried to kill him in a late-night attack on the streets of Mexico City. He was saved by his bulletproof SUV.

During the raids and searches that led to the arrest, police found a hat with the letters CJNG, which stands for Jalisco New Generation Super Violent Cartel.

But Garcia Harfuch says that doesn’t necessarily mean the union is involved.

“It is very common for criminal gangs to use names – Sinaloa Cartel, Jalisco Cartel – just to communicate with them in Mexico City, which does not mean they are part” of the gangs, he said. “Like in other arrests and searches, they have the initials of any gang.”

A top lieutenant of the Jalisco gang threatened another journalist in early 2022, the deadliest year in at least three decades for Mexican journalists and media workers, with 15 murders .


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