Zetas-Gulf Cartel Conflict Continues to Rock Mexico’s Northeast

11/14/2017 InSight Crime

The ongoing decline of the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas has left northeastern Mexico without a single dominant criminal force. But the crime groups’ longstanding rivalry has continued to see blood spilled in the key trafficking region.

On the surface, the state of play in Mexico’s northeast is as it has been for most of the past decade: Both the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas maintain tight control over different parts of Tamaulipas — the crucial border state that birthed both groups — but neither is strong enough to defeat the other.

Government forces, particularly the marines, have maintained a degree of consistent pressure on crime groups operating in Tamaulipas.

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Treasury Sanctions Individuals Supporting Powerful Mexico-Based Drug Cartels

10/27/16 U.S. Department of Treasury 

download (1).jpgWASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned nine Mexican individuals linked to the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG) and its close ally, the Los Cuinis Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO), which were initially sanctioned on April 8, 2015.   The nine individuals are designated as  Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs) pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for providing material assistance to the drug trafficking activities of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes (a.k.a. “Mencho”) and his brother-in-law, Abigael Gonzalez Valencia, the respective leaders of CJNG and the Los Cuinis DTO.  As a result of today’s action, any assets these individuals may have under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.

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What’s next for Mexico’s drug cartels after El Chapo

08/25/16 CNN

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Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán

(CNN)As Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman awaits extradition to the United States, he leaves behind what appears to be a new landscape for Mexico’s drug cartels.

Last week, his son, Jesus Alfredo Guzman, was kidnapped by men authorities believe were members of a rival cartel. Sources tell CNN he was released Saturday, but his abduction signals that the game of thrones for Mexico’s next top drug cartel has already begun.

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A fridge full of cocaine found in southwest Mexico is the latest sign of an ominous trend

08/11/2016 Business Insider

drug seizure.jpgIn late July, Mexican police in Manzanillo, the biggest port on the country’s west coast, intercepted 860 pounds of cocaine being smuggled inside a shipment of refrigerators.

The discovery was made by navy personnel and officials from the customs service, who uncovered the cocaine insider a container aboard a ship bound from Buenaventura, Colombia, and destined for Puerto Queztal in Guatemala.

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Mexico drug lord convicted in killing of U.S. DEA agent leaves prison

07/28/16 CBSNews

police.jpgMEXICO CITY — Drug lord Ernesto “Don Neto” Fonseca Carrillo, who was convicted in the 1985 killing of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent, was transferred from prison to house arrest Thursday to serve out the remainder of his sentence.

The 86-year-old co-founder of the Guadalajara Cartel was taken overnight to a house in Mexico State, which borders the capital, and was entrusted to the care of his wife, federal prisons chief Eduardo Guerrero said in comments broadcast by the Televisa network.

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ONE YEAR LATER: The rise and fall of ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, the world’s most ambitious drug lord

07/11/2016 Business Insider

chapoOne year ago, on the evening of July 11, 2015, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán got up from the bed in his prison cell, walked behind his cell’s shower divider, and slipped through a hole in the floor, beginning his second jailbreak and entrenching his reputation as one of Mexico’s most ambitious drug lords.

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U.S. transfers imprisoned drug lord Hector ‘El Guero’ Palma to Mexican custody

06/15/2016 Los Angeles Times

detentionHector “El Guero” Palma, once among Mexico’s most notorious drug lords, was returned to Mexico on Wednesday by U.S. authorities and immediately arrested on homicide charges, Mexican authorities said.

His prompt detention averted for now the prospect of Palma going free in Mexico, an outcome that Mexican authorities were keen to avoid.

Palma, a former accomplice of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel, had served almost a decade in U.S. custody on drug-related charges after being extradited to the United States in 2007.

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