Arrests in western Mexico set off destruction in 2 states

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Officials have launched a series of crackdowns on drug cartels in western Mexico that destroyed vehicles and businesses in two states in an apparent retaliation.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador did not identify those arrested in Jalisco state on Tuesday, but said soldiers had confronted criminals including a “boss” in a “meeting of two gangs”. There were shootings, arrests and then “this provoked protests with burning vehicles not only in Jalisco, but also in Guanajuato,” he said.

Images circulated on social media showed people taking over cars and buses and setting them on fire in the middle of the road. Others pointed to burned convenience stores.

Cartels often create such chaos in an attempt to prevent officials from transporting cartel bosses.

López Obrador said officers were still deployed in the area on Wednesday to make more arrests.

Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro said via Twitter that no one was injured in the destruction that followed the arrests.

The region is dominated by the Jalisco New Generation cartel, whose leader Nemesio Oseguera, “El Mencho,” is most wanted by Mexican and US authorities. There was no indication that Oseguera was present at the encounter.

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