One of the notorious Mexican cartels is the Jalisco New Cartel Generation, which is known for its aggressive use of violence and its public relations campaigns.

On Thursday, a dead's man body wrapped from head to toe in plastic was found on a park bench at Jardin Hidalgo in Jalisco, Mexico. He was suspected to be a former leader of the powerful New Plaza Cartel, New York Post reported.

Mexican officials believed that the corpse was that of Carlos "El Cholo" Enrique Sanchez, a former high-ranking member of Jalisco cartel who broke away from the group to form his own gang.

Police said the body was found with two signs pinned to his body with knives. According to United News Post, one of the signs read in Spanish, "the traitor El Cholo."

The corpse has yet to be officially identified. But he was found dead just hours after a video was posted online, showing the handcuffed narco being held in front of the Jalisco cartel's armed members, who claimed he cooperated with police.

"This material confirms the existence of an orchestrated strategy to destabilize the state by an organized crime group. Everything indicates that it's... Carlos Sanchez Martinez, nicknamed 'El Cholo'," Jalisco Attorney General Gerardo Octavio Solis Gomez said.

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The Mexican Drug Kingpin

Sanchez was known to have been responsible for the December 2018 grenade attack at the United States Embassy in Guadalajara. No injuries or deaths have been reported in the said incident, according to a Daily Mail report.

Sanchez was reported to have broken off from the Jalisco cartel and their leader Nemesio "El Mencho" Oseguera in 2018 and formed the New Plaza Cartel with Erick "El 85" Valencia.

The New Plaza Cartel allegedly unleashed a series of terror attacks across Tonalá, Tlaquepaque, Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, and Zapopan.

The United States has already announced a $5 million reward for any information that could lead to the arrest of Valencia, who is facing drug trafficking charges.

Jalisco Cartel Attacks

Last year, Mexico City's security chief Omar Garcia Harfuch was injured after he and his bodyguards were attacked by a group of gunmen in the Lomas de Chapultepec, according to a Mexico News Daily report.

At the time, Garcia Harfuch traveled in an armored Suburban to his morning briefing with Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum. Garcia Harfuch's vehicle was blocked by another truck, and several men jumped out of the first truck and gunned down Garcia and his men.

Attorney General Ernestina Godoy said that 12 arrests had been made in connection to the attack that was blamed on the Jalisco cartel.

On Thursday, Sanchez claimed that Garcia Harfuch aligned himself with his group to take down the Jalisco cartel. The Jalisco state Attorney General's Office has called on the authorities to investigate it.

Last March, Mexico's homicide rate peaked to a new record as violence continues to envelop the country despite the spread of COVID-19.

The Guardian reported that Mexico has 2,585 homicides in March last year, which is the highest monthly figure since 1997.

The increase in killings was attributed to federal and state officials putting resources into addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and responding to the possibility of the country's further economic decline.

"It's business as usual [for drug cartels] with a risk of further escalation, especially if at some point the armed forces are called away for pandemic control," Falko Ernst, senior Mexico analyst at the International Crisis Group, said in the report.

Criminal groups have allegedly been fighting over the central state of Guanajuato, which is now known to be one of Mexico's most violent states. 

Francisco Rivas, director of the National Citizen Observatory, said they are seeing violence hitting its peak and wondering who will stop it.

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