The Next Generation of Criminal Groups Driving Violence in Mexico


Source: InSight Crime

Mexico’s process of criminal fragmentation has been a slow burn. Many of the country’s mightiest criminal groups have been unable to stay united due to internal strife, incursions from rivals or the arrests and killings of key leaders.

But while some powerhouses like the Sinaloa Cartel and Jalisco Cartel New Generation (Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación – CJNG) remain intact, smaller, hyper-violent and localized groups have become real national security threats. Many are splinters of old cartel structures, maintaining previous allegiances, while others were once dedicated oil thieves or drug transporters who gradually leveled up.


How Drug Cartels Conquered Mexico [MAPS]

06/18/14 Business Insider 

800px-mexico_location_mapsvgIt is now possible to see the conquest of drug cartels over Mexico.

Viridiana Rios and Michele Coscia of Harvard University created a program called MOGO that searched specialized blogs, local newspapers and Google News for references to the different cartels, their locations and their influence between 1999 and 2011.

The results show how between 2006—when Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared an all-out war against drug traffickers in the country— and when he left office in 2012, the cartels only got stronger. Meanwhile, more than 100,000 Mexicans were killed.

Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado and Washington and the capture of Sinaloa kingpin “El Chapo Guzman” may alter the landscape, but cartels are still deeply embedded in Mexico after the 2000s.
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Inside Mexico’s feared Sinaloa drugs cartel

Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán

BBC News, 05/15/14

Some of Mexico’s leading drugs traffickers have been killed or captured in recent months, including the head of the powerful Sinaloa cartel. But inside the secretive world of this feared criminal organisation it’s clear that it remains as active as ever. Hector is not what you might expect a drugs smuggler for the Sinaloa cartel to look like. There is no flashy truck and chrome-plated Kalashnikov. Instead, the spry 68-year-old drives a tiny Honda and runs a small convenience store.


How to Reach New Criminal-Political Equilibrium in Mexico’s Post-‘Chapo’ Vacuum

prison - open doorInSight Crime, 3/1/14

With Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman now back in a cage many analysts and ordinary Mexicans alike fret about the expected knock-on effects. What those effects are, and how bloody they might be, will depend on President Enrique Peña Nieto’s next moves in dealing with both the power vacuum Guzman leaves and the political and financial networks that supported his grip.

As Guillermo Valdez, former head of Mexico’s premiere spy agency, explained at a Washington DC conference in the week following his capture, much of the violence this past decade can be explained by the efforts of Guzman and his cartel allies to rebuild the dominion Sinaloans had held over Mexico’s drug trade for a century.

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