One Of The DEA’s Most Wanted Drug Traffickers Pleads To Be Left In Peace

04/04/2018 Huffington Post

Caro-Quintero.jpgIt’s just before 8 p.m. but, in the Sierra Madre mountains south of El Paso, the darkness is almost complete, save for a single light that illuminates a small house.

We have spent the last 12 hours driving through Mexico’s heroin heartland, where thousands of tons of poppies are harvested and processed every year before being smuggled to the United States, and the view from the modest house near the peak is spectacular.

The person I have come to meet ― Rafael Caro Quintero, aka “The Prince” ― is unlikely to enjoy the view, however. Caro Quintero is a man on the run.

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Colombia arrests 11 airport workers it says aided Sinaloa cartel

03/28/2018 Reuters

airplane on runwayBOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia has arrested 11 airport employees who it says provided documentation allowing charter flights hired by Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel to move cocaine out of the country, officials said on Wednesday.

Authorities in the Andean country have long grappled with the presence of foreign criminal groups like the Sinaloa cartel, which buy Colombian cocaine from local gangs and ship it north to the United States and Europe.

The group is also using go-fast boats to move narcotics to Central America from Colombia’s Pacific coast, Jorge Nieto, director of the national police, said on Twitter. The arrests took place with help from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, he said.

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Jailed son of Sinaloa cartel kingpin describes harrowing, dangerous upbringing

03/21/2018 The San Diego Union-Tribune

chapo.jpgThe day Serafin Zambada Ortiz turned 2, a car bomb exploded outside his birthday party.

When he was 9, just hours after he and his mother had left a Mazatlán hotel to treat an outbreak of the chickenpox, an assassin squad stormed inside, killing his grandparents, uncle and aunt.

It’s what happens when your dad is the one of the most powerful drug kingpins in the world.

The constant threat of bloodshed kept Zambada’s world very small as a child, moving from place to place under the watchful eye of his mother, at times staying hidden indoors while other children got to play soccer.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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