InSight Crime’s March 28 article, “Cracks in Mexico’s CJNG Could Lead to Avalanche of Violence,” incorrectly reported that the Northeast Cartel was a breakaway faction of the Jalisco Cartel – New Generation (Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generación – CJNG), which represented further fragmentation within the group. We have removed this article from our website and removed all references to it in social media.
Our article was based on information originally reported by local Mexican news outlet La Voz, which indicated that a splinter faction of the CJNG was involved in a confrontation with Mexican Marines in late March. Local Mexican news outlet El Sol de Mexico later reported that the group involved was the Northeast Cartel.
InSight Crime failed to verify this account and the origins of the Northeast Cartel, and incorrectly reported that the Northeast Cartel was a splinter faction of the CJNG. The group is in fact a splinter faction of the Zetas.
Part of our coverage of organized crime involves monitoring the local media. We attempt to verify all claims made in these stories, but sometimes fall short. We regret the error.