'Cartel de Sinaloa continues to expand even without El Chapo'

'Cartel de Sinaloa continues to expand even without El Chapo'

The Mexican cartels continue to be "the main criminal drug trafficker" for the United States. "No other group is currently positioned to challenge them," reassures the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in its report Evaluation on the Threats of Drug Trafficking, published yesterday.

The DEA highlights in its report that while the murders related to drug trafficking have "epidemic proportions" in Mexico, the volume of violence in the United States is reduced to almost negligible levels to "avoid the detection and scrutiny" of the security forces of the United States. American Union. "They are rare and, normally, referring to incidents between drug traffickers[de carácter individual]"They explain.

The DEA report on the cartels in Mexico is practically the same as in previous years, since it identifies six criminal organizations that dominate the territory, El Universal reported.

According to the DEA, the Mexican cartels own the drug trafficking corridors on the southern border of the United States. Their "continued growth" -expanding their "criminal influence" with alliances with other cartels, criminal gangs and gangs-has allowed their exports "in significant quantities" of all types of drugs to remain unchanged or have even increased.

All these cartels are hidden mainly in high-density Mexican-American populations. While the production tasks are managed from Mexico, the distribution is coordinated by members of the cartels in the US, in their centers of power (usually large cities that dominate as their places).

The sale is made by small local gangs or gangs. This type of strategy, in addition to expanding the market and areas of influence, allows cartel members to isolate themselves from contact with authorities and avoid arrests during seizures.

The DEA warns that the Sinaloa Cartel maintains its international expansion, in comparison with its rivals.

Despite the internal disputes arising from the detention and subsequent extradition to the United States of Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán Loera, in January 2017, the anti-drug office revealed that the criminal group continues to export quantities "wholesale" to the neighboring northern country. methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine, heroin and fentanyl, by crossing points located along the Mexican border with California, Arizona, New Mexico and western Texas.

The drugs introduced, stressed the DEA in the document, are distributed in cities such as Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Denver, by the allies of the Sinaloa Cartel distributed in the American Union.

The unit recalled that the criminal group currently led by the sons of El Chapo, Iván Archivaldo and Jesús Alfredo Guzmán, in alliance with Ismael El Mayo Zambada, controls drug trafficking in several regions of Mexico, mainly along the coast of Mexico. Peaceful.

Second, the DEA located the Nueva Generacion Jalisco Cartel (CJNG), led by Michoacán-based Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, El Mencho, which it lists as the most recent group, but the one with the highest capacity for fire and rapid growth in Mexico and the United States. United.

For the US authorities, the rapid expansion of the CJNG is due to the violent confrontations with its rivals, as well as with the state and federal security forces.

He indicated that this organization has presence in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Atlanta, as well as in 22 of the 32 states of Mexico.

Behind the CJNG, the DEA places the Juarez Cartel, led at the time by Amado Carrillo, who "recently expanded the trafficking and distribution of cocaine and methamphetamine" to Denver, Chicago, and Oklahoma City, across Mexico's border with El Salvador. Paso, Texas.

On the historic Gulf Cartel, the US agency said it maintains its operation in Tamaulipas and, like the Juarez Cartel, recently entered into trafficking in heroin and methamphetamine.

"He smuggles most of his drug shipments to South Texas, through the border region between the Rio Grande, Valle and South Padre Island. The Gulf Cartel maintains a presence in Atlanta and has key distribution centers in Houston and Detroit, "the anti-drug agency said in its report.

The DEA sees Los Zetas as a cartel "significantly decreased in recent years."

Its members, he explained in the report, "traffic cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana through key distribution centers in Laredo, Dallas and New Orleans, and have a known presence in Atlanta."

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