Six bodies found in parking lot in Mexico’s Sinaloa state

09/25/16 Reuters

The bodies of five men and a woman were found in the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa, home turf of captured drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, state prosecutors said on Sunday.

The corpses were found at dawn in a parking lot in the Pacific port of Mazatlan, said Guadalupe Martinez, a spokesman for the state attorney general’s office in Sinaloa. He could not say how the victims died.

It also was unclear whether the deaths were related to conflicts between Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel and rival gangs in the state, where violence has crept up again in recent months.

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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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‘El Mencho’ Targeting Weakened ‘El Chapo’ in Mexico Drug Battle?

08/18/16 InSight Crime 

Authorities in Mexico have confirmed the CJNG drug trafficking group was responsible for the recent kidnapping of the son of the Sinaloa Cartel‘s incarcerated leader, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, an indication the CJNG’s top boss may be looking to supplant the fallen kingpin.

El Chapo’s son, Alfredo Guzman, and six others were kidnapped from an upscale restaurant on August 15 in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.

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Legend of escaped Mexican kingpin Guzman grows in drug heartland

7/17/15 Reuters

ElChapoIn the days since Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman turned a grubby corner of his prison cell into an escape hatch to freedom, the notorious drug lord’s legend has soared to new heights in the gang-infested landscape of his home turf.

Hailed by supporters in the northwestern state of Sinaloa as a man with more heft than the president, Guzman’s audacious breakout from a maximum security prison on Saturday night through a tunnel that surfaced in his shower has all but guaranteed his immortality in global crime-lore.

News that Sinaloa’s most famous son had cut short his prison stay before the government had even announced it spread on social media in Sinaloa’s state capital Culiacan, locals said.

“Everybody wanted him to be out of prison. He helped a lot of people,” said Jaime Carrillo, 39, drummer of BuKnas de Culiacan, a U.S.-Mexican band that plays narcocorridos, a style of music that venerates the gore and glamour of the drug lords.

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Mexican Drug Cartels Reportedly Expand Business to Australia

09/23/14 Breitbart

heroin_powderMembers of the Sinaloa Federation, one of the most powerful and dangerous cartels from Mexico, have reportedly set up shop in Australia. A lucrative drug market has been growing in Australia during recent years, and Sinaloa members have been taking advantage of it by selling large amounts of hard narcotics like cocaine and heroin.

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Sinaloa, one of Mexico’s most violent states, limits crime coverage

08/01/14 Los Angeles Times

censorshipIn one of Mexico’s most violent states, it is now illegal, essentially, for reporters to cover the violence.

New laws in Sinaloa, home to Mexico’s most powerful drug cartel and where kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman sheltered for years, bar journalists from fully reporting news about crime.

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Tracing the U.S. heroin surge back south of the border as Mexican cannabis output falls

marijuana leafThe Washington Post, 4/6/14

The surge of cheap heroin spreading in $4 hits across rural America can be traced back to the remote valleys of the northern Sierra Madre. With the wholesale price of marijuana falling — driven in part by decriminalization in sections of the United States — Mexican drug farmers are turning away from cannabis and filling their fields with opium poppies.

Mexican heroin is flooding north as U.S. authorities trying to contain an epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse have tightened controls on synthetic opiates such as hydrocodone and OxyContin. As the pills become more costly and difficult to obtain, Mexican trafficking organizations have found new markets for heroin in places such as Winchester, Va., and Brattleboro, Vt., where, until recently, needle use for narcotics was rare or unknown.

Farmers in the storied “Golden Triangle” region of Mexico’s Sinaloa state, which has produced the country’s most notorious gangsters and biggest marijuana harvests, say they are no longer planting the crop. Its wholesale price has collapsed in the past five years, from $100 per kilogram to less than $25.

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