Alleged members of the Sinaloa cartel block highway in Chiapas

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Alleged members of the Sinaloa Cartel blocked the Pan-American highway since Thursday morning at the height of the town of Chamic, municipality of Frontera Comalapa, Chiapas, residents reported.

“The reasons are not well known; some people say it was because a community member was killed and others, because there were two gunshot wounds (during a confrontation),” they stated.

They added that the closure of the highway, located on the stretch between La Trinitaria and the border of Ciudad Cuauhtémoc, began early when dozens of locals crossed units to prevent vehicular passage. At the close of this edition, the blockade continued.

The dispute over the territory in that area between the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation cartels began more than two years ago, which has caused confrontations, murders, disappearances, extortion, forced recruitment, vehicle burning, and constant highway blockades.

Meanwhile, the Rápidos del Sur transport line suspended runs from Cintalapa to various points in Chiapas after one of its units was allegedly set on fire on Wednesday in the municipality of Ocozocoautla.

Unofficial sources said there were two versions regarding the burnt bus: one that it burned due to a short circuit, and the second, that it was set on fire by alleged members of organized crime.

According to reports spread on social networks, after that event, the management of the company decided to suspend the runs from Cintalapa to Tuxtla Gutiérrez and municipalities on the coast of the state, among other points.

The management of Rápidos del Sur indicated that the service to those regions was interrupted “until further notice,” arguing that there are no security conditions.

Source: La Jornada