Northwest Mexico Erupts in Violence in Next Generation Cartel Wars

10/20/16 InSight Crime

27189755150_6f815ecc6e_oA bloody cartel war raging in the state of Baja California Sur hints at the new strategies and alliances forming as Mexico‘s fragmented underworld reorganizes.

A Zeta magazine investigation into drug war violence in the city of La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur, has revealed how a spate of macabre murders is connected to a campaign waged by a new alliance between the Jalisco Cartel – New Generation (CJNG) and the remnants of the Tijuana Cartel against Los Dámaso, a network connected to the Sinaloa Cartel.

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Mexico Official Says Chapo’s Brother is Leader of Local Sinaloa Chapter

10/18/16 InSight Crime

30093200250_f508249ee9_o.jpgAuthorities in Mexico are saying that the brother ofSinaloa Cartel boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán has taken on a leadership position within the embattled criminal organization, a move that comes amid a growing number of attacks on the incarcerated drug lord’s family.

Gen. Alfonso Duarte Múgica said that an investigation conducted by the Deputy Attorney General’s Office for Special Investigations on Organized Crime ( Subprocuraduría Especializada en Investigación de Delincuencia Organizada- SEIDO) found that Aureliano Guzmán Loera, alias “El Guano,” is in charge of Sinaloa Cartel activity in the mountain town of Badiraguato, Sinaloa,reported Excelsior.

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Expert Says Weakened Sinaloa Cartel Under Attack by Rivals

10/10/16 InSight Crime

An award-winning Mexican journalist says the criminal empire of jailed kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán is being hacked apart by his rivals, suggesting the Sinaloa Cartel could fracture in the absence of his leadership.

In an interview with Aristegui Noticias, investigative journalist and organized crime expert Anabel Hernández cited recent violence targeted at family members of El Chapo as evidence that the crime boss’ organization is under attack from rival groups.

“For the first time we might be seeing the real fall of Chapo Guzmán,” Hernández said, adding that the kingpin “no longer controls even his own house.”

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DEA Says Mexico Cartels Battling to Corner US Heroin Market

09/26/16 InSight Crime

538263681_3e408aaf02_o.jpgTwo of Mexico‘s most powerful drug cartels are battling for control of the US heroin market, the DEA says, raising the possibility that heroin trafficking patterns may be evolving along similar lines as the cocaine trade.

In comments reported by EFE on September 25, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) spokesperson Russell K. Baer told the news service that the Jalisco Cartel and the Sinaloa Cartel have recently come into conflict over the heroin trade.

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Nephew of Sinaloa Cartel Leader Shot Dead in Mexico

08/27/16 NBC News

MEXICO CITY — A nephew of one of the leaders of the powerful Sinaloa cartel was murdered, the state prosecutors office said on Saturday, the latest attack on the groups family members.

Edgar Juvanny Parra Zambada, 42, the nephew of Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, was shot dead alongside another victim on Friday, state prosecutors said.

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US Treasury Adds Sinaloa Cartel’s ‘King Midas’ to Kingpin List

08/22/16 InSight Crime

The US Treasury Department has placed two high-level Sinaloa Cartel associates on its “kingpin” list, calling the move a “strategic blow” to Mexico‘s most powerful drug trafficking organization even as it appears to be confronting a new threat from a rival cartel.

On August 16, the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Mexican nationals Juan Manuel Alvarez Inzunza, alias “King Midas,” and Jose Olivas Chaidez, alias “El Blanco,” as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers, becoming the latest Sinaloa Cartel operatives added to the so-called “kingpin” list.

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The world’s most powerful drug lord may be headed back to a prison he’s already broken out of

08/19/16 Business Insider 

elchapoA little over three months after arriving at a prison near the US border, Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán is to be sent back to Altiplano prison in central Mexico, where he pulled off a brazen escape in July 2015.

A federal judge in Mexico’s Chihuahua state ruled on August 17 that prison officials had transferred Guzmán in May without authorization.

The decision came in response to injunction 384/2016, filed by Guzmán’s legal team.

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