Mexico catches Sinaloa cartel operator in Guerrero state

11/29/16 The Washington Post

MEXICO CITY — Mexican prosecutors said Tuesday they have caught a leading opium trafficker for the Sinaloa cartel in the southern state of Guerrero. The Attorney General’s Office said Vicente Carrillo Salmeron is suspected in the killings of law enforcement officers and a local politician.

Prosecutors alleged Carrillo Salmeron oversaw the growing and trafficking of marijuana and the trafficking of opium and weapons. They called him “one of the main causes of violence” in the region.

Read more…

Outside Pressure, Internal Dissent Roiling Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel

11/2/16 InSight Crime

Recent reports point to disorder within the leadership of Mexico‘s Sinaloa Cartel, as pressure from security forces and competing organizations as well as internal rivalries appear to be furthering the crime group’s fragmentation.

According to unnamed federal government sources cited by El Universal, a September 30 attack on security forces in the town of Culiacán in Sinaloa state was orchestrated by Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada García, one of the top leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel.

Read more…

Mexico’s biggest cartel is leaderless, and drug violence may be about to intensify

10/29/16 Business Insider

crime and drugsIn mid-June, 150 armed men descended on a small community called La Tuna in the central highlands of Mexico’s Sinaloa state, looting homes and leaving multiple people dead.

The gunmen, who are believed to have been affiliated with the Beltran Leyva Organization (BLO), also forced Consuelo Loera, the mother of Sinaloa cartel chief Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, from her home.

Read more…

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.

Read more…

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.

Read more…

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.”

Read more…

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.

Read more…