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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Hundreds rescued from drug rehab center in western Mexico

5/19/16 CNN

Jalisco_in_Mexico_(location_map_scheme).svg(CNN)Hundreds of children, women and men who had been living at an overcrowded drug rehabilitation shelter in western Mexico were rescued in a police operation carried out Tuesday night, according to authorities.

Police found 271 people at the shelter, called “Spiritual Awakening, Alcoholics and Drug Addicts of the West,” in the city of Tonalá in the western state of Jalisco. The alleged victims were living in what authorities described as “inhumane conditions.” Police found 68 women, 91 men and 112 minors crammed into the facility.
“We’re still in the process of completing the operation. We found very serious conditions of overcrowding. We also found that people were being fed in a subhuman and inappropriate way,” Jalisco State’s Attorney Jesús Eduardo Almaguer said in a statement.
Almaguer said his office was alerted to the problem after a complaint from a woman who says she was beaten and kept from leaving the facility until she paid 1,500 Mexican pesos (U.S. $81.83) after she went there to visit a patient.

Mexico’s Kingpin Strategy Against the Drug Cartels

2/16/16 New York Times 

mexico-statesPope Francis’ visit to the violence-plagued Mexican state of Michoacán brought new attention to the government’s decade-long effort to break up drug cartels by targeting their leaders. The recent recapture of “El Chapo” — Joaquín Guzmán Loera, perhaps the most notorious cartel king — has been the signature achievement of the strategy, but it has also had other consequences.

A Spike in Violence

Felipe Calderón began the “decapitation” strategy when he became president of Mexico in 2006, and violence shot upward soon after. The tumult was widely viewed as evidence of disruption: a signal that more deadly and unpredictable gangs were competing to fill a vacuum. Kidnapping and extortion became more frequent as smaller gangs looked for profits.

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U.S. sanctions Mexican businesses and individuals for drug trafficking links

8/20/15 Reuters

jaliscoThe United States sanctioned 21 Mexican businesses and individuals on Wednesday, saying they were part of the business network of a powerful drug cartel in the country.

The 15 businesses and six people provided support and services for the Los Cuinis drug cartel, the U.S. Treasury said in a statement. The cartel was itself sanctioned by the U.S. government in April for cocaine and methamphetamine trafficking.

The businesses targeted on Wednesday include an upscale boutique hotel, two real estate firms, and a shopping center in the south-central Mexican state of Jalisco, as well as a shopping center in the southeastern state of Quintana Roo.

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Mexico captures son of drug kingpin in troubled western state

6/23/15 Reuters

hands in handcuffsMexican security forces in the western state of Jalisco have captured the son of one of the country’s most wanted drug lords, a state government spokesman said on Tuesday.

Ruben Oseguera, the son of Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera, is believed to be an important figure in his father’s gang, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, which in recent weeks has become a major headache for President Enrique Pena Nieto.

The Jalisco government spokesman said he did not have details of the arrest, but another official in the state said the younger Oseguera, known as El Menchito, was captured in a pre-dawn army operation in a house in a western part of greater Guadalajara, the state capital.

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The Ex-President of PRI-Jalisco has been Executed / Ejecutan a ex presidente de PRI-Jalisco

6/19/15 Reforma

youth with handgunJavier Galván, ex-president of the PRI-Jalisco, was assassinated this morning on the Colonia Guevara Beltway in Guadalajara. The attack against the ISSSTE delegate reportedly came from a van around 9:15 this morning on Angulo, between the streets Ontario and López Mateos. Testimonies made to the authorities indicate that the aggressors fled the scene in a moving vehicle, escaping towards López Mateos.
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Does ‘cutting off the heads’ of Mexico’s cartels really work?

05/06/15 The Christian Science Monitor 

machine gunMexico has scored dozens of drug-war “wins” over the past several years, with cartel kingpins apprehended anywhere from secret tunnels to bustling restaurants, and paraded in front of news cameras as a sign of progress. But a confrontation that unfolded in and around the western state of Jalisco last weekend – complete with cartel-manned rocket-propelled grenades and a felled military helicopter – shows that the battle against drug traffickers here is far from won. Violence erupted in 20 municipalities and spilled into four states, killing at least seven people. The recent ascendance of the New Generation Jalisco Cartel (CJNG), which orchestrated the weekend mayhem, has some questioning the strategy President Enrique Peña Nieto inherited from his predecessor Felipe Calderon: Sending in federal troops to cut off the head of a cartel and hoping that the rest of the organization dies.

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