C/O Futures Cartel Research Note Series
Robert J. Bunker
19 April 2022
Either on or immediately before Tuesday 12 April 2022, Guardia Nacional (GN) forces in Jamay, Jalisco seized an improvised armor fighting vehicle (IAFV), a narco tank (narco tanque), belonging to the Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG). These vehicles have been utilized by the Mexican cartels for over a decade, increasingly integrated into their operational units (commandos), and have proliferated over time. The circumstances of this IAVF seizure, related to its being discovered in the back of a semi-tractor-trailer, are of great interest because they provide a glimpse into the mechanisms behind the logistical supply of CJNG operational units.