Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Mexican Drug Cartel Structure

Monday, April 20, 2009 |

Mexican Drug Cartel Structures (2006–present)

Beltrán Leyva Cartel(Armed wing: Los Negros)


La Familia Cartel

Gulf Cartel(Armed wing: Los Zetas)

Juárez Cartel

Sinaloa Cartel

Tijuana Cartel

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Mr.NL said...

beltran leyva is actualy three new sides.

beltran hector

sergio el grande

la barby


the gulf cartel

is know

CDG

and zetas are independent


cartel de juarez

current leader is only carrillo

el azul is allied with sinaloa federation.

Anonymous said...

i agree el azul is more on chapos side

Anonymous said...

lascano no es jefe del cartel del golfo es zeta ese joto

Anonymous said...

LASCANO I EL WEII DE TREVINO, ARE APART FROM THE GULF

Anonymous said...

Texas Rangers took care of this 100 years ago and the new Texas Rangers will again!

Anonymous said...

A ZETA in charge of the Gulf cartel? En serio? I am being somewhat sarcastic, of course.

Anonymous said...

Fuck the Texas rangers they should take care of internal affair before trying to clean us mexicans up get rid of ur drug users get rid of all the block dealers and get people to work the fields and do all that for 7 to 8 dollars and hour and u will get rid of ur immigration and drug problems

Anonymous said...

What I would like to seen in this pages is more in formation of the new cartels (Nuevos(New)= Cartel de Jalisco y Cartel de la Sierra) You should also have more info of the other cartels, because there are more then te, I just don't know the names, because most of them are last names.

Anonymous said...

A young profesional chicano named Dani "El Peinado" Rocha is actually helped form the Cartel de la Sierra, a branch of Sinaloa Cartel in Durango. Supposibly he is a leader of Los Chachos, armed wing of Sinaloa Cartel. He is the rival of La Barbie. His base is Santiago Papasquiaro DGO. Supposibly responsible for the recent beheadings in Durango. Saw it on TV azteca news

Anonymous said...

where does la barby lives

Anonymous said...

In Morelos

Anonymous said...

is he the guy to try to get nuevo laredo

Santiago-Del Rio said...

Kill them all, let God sort them out.

Anonymous said...

Barbie lives in Cuernavaca, he is fighting Hector Leyva, Beltran Leyva's last brother for control of the cartel, as far as the zetas controlling the gulf cartel to my knowledge they are enemies at this point, and the Gulf Cartel is hunting them in Tamualipas with la familia. So no the Barbie is not trying to get NL, he is trying to control the cartel that has territory from Guerrero almost to Mexico City and controls Ixtapa and Cuernavaca and Acapulco among others

Anonymous said...

how they found la barbie, whiever rsponse this question you thimk that hector has something to do with this capture

Anonymous said...

Rumor has it he turned himself in hoping for extradition to the U.S. It was his best move as rival cartels were slowly smoking him out.

Anonymous said...

whos the leader of the zetas and whos the leader of the gulf cartel

John said...

Anonymous on September 28th:

Zetas are controlled by Heriberto "Z-3" Lazcano and Miguel "Z-40" Trevino Morales.

Gulf Cartel are controlled by Osiel Cárdenas Guillén (in US prison), Antonio Ezequiel Cárdenas Guillén, and Jorge Eduardo Costilla

Anonymous said...

anf gulf cartel and zetas are fighting against eachother, i thought zetas and gulf cartel were the same

John said...

Los Zetas were the enforcers/"private military" for the Gulf Cartel originally. Since Cardena Guillen's arrest, they splintered to form their own cartel, sometimes referred to as "The Company", while the Gulf Cartel stayed the Gulf Cartel.

Anonymous said...

too late for the texas rangers. These people are already in Canada via USA, but if you mean the baseball team, I guess they could.

antonio said...

No matter how you guys put it these guys are all killing innocent children, imagine ur children ur babies seeing this unfold on a daily basis. MEXICO so beautiful its people so proud and hards working and then these pendejetes wanting ruin them azz well b ecause there all messed up ! I pray for all the families and innocent lives that have been lost and continue to be lost!

Anonymous said...

The mexican government has failed its people.....sense the north american union is a green light we (USA) need to just go all out on this subject. It would be a bloody war but the US nilitary forces and resorces would over run the cartel...then they and all that wrk for them be it man or women need to be terminated publicly for all the pain theyve caused.

Anonymous said...

where does el chapo guzman lives

Anonymous said...

who slaughter the 14 people

Anonymous said...

sinaloa

Anonymous said...

quien mato a jose luis carrizales el tubi

Andrew Drazdik Jr said...

The moral and ethical solutions to the illegal activity in the United States of Mexico can not be a product of all Latin America, which I believe the President of Mexico is trying to resolve with diplomacy, the military with military science, and the Mexican Foreign Service with civil society. How can Mexican citizens understand this relationship and their duties with education?

Anonymous said...

PNONIEX ANTARX ,YA ESTAN ACA

Anonymous said...

U forget El TuBi on the chart he was with the sinaloa cartle member he was also a high rank leader

Anonymous said...

ARELLANO FELIX TIJUANA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Damn this needs some updating for reals...I would be happy to help.

Anonymous said...

PURA NUEVA GENERACION ARIBA LA FAMILIA ANDAMOS AL MILLON 30/30 30/37

Anonymous said...

U.S. corporations have already invaded Mexico through the expansion of the neoliberal order, thus causing the economic destabilization that promotes mass immigration amongst the Mexican working class

Cheryl said...

Please update this???!!!

Anonymous said...

Can you update this? I know you can't do it everyday but maybe once a month or so.

"L"B said...

second the motion...things have changed

Anonymous said...

al tubi lo mataron en el penal cuando estaba apunto de ser liberado.

Anonymous said...

FUCK THE CARTEL THEY KILLED MY CUZIN THEY SHOULD ALL DIE JUAREZ FUCK YOU

Anonymous said...

No wonder this is HELL!! may the big one cleanse and purify our lands and rid of all this filth and scum...

Anonymous said...

why all the innocent kidnappings in zacatecas??these bastards took kids away 7 mos ago and never been found.sorry sobs>
god will take care of this when its their time.

Anonymous said...

Los zetas are aggressively expanding in nuevo leon and tamaulipas. They have been connected to several high profile events recently, including forced recruitment tactics. The cartels have more or less lumped themselves into two groups. One initiated by the sinaloa, which includes former rival, the CDG, and la familia cartel. The other faction includes los zetas, the beltrán-leyva cartel‎‎, the AFO, and the carrillo fuentes organization. These alliances are fluid and by no means permanent. The most startling new development is the fact that the sinaloa cartel has actually been using the government to take out the rival's leadership. No senior leaders of the sinaloa cartel have ever been captured.

Anonymous said...

all this is going to to end up to something bad... me being mexican american and in the marines 1st sargent oooraaahh!!! i dont want to go to mexico and fight my own people...

Anonymous said...

El Chapo Guzmans Campaseino in charge of the Narco Cell "La Gente Nueva" is named Manauel Felix Torres (M1) and his FAT Red Head Gordo Misael Torres (M2)

These are the guys who are going after the Zetas.

They live in a Gated "Urbanization" with 1 Security Guard guarding the gate.

Maunuel Felix Torres drives around town in a truck with no Licence plates.

Manuelito is right handed and carries with him a Colt 45 with an Ivory Handle of Jesus.

Anonymous said...

In reference to "No senior leaders of the sinaloa cartel have ever been captured."

The reason for that is they are working hand in hand. The Sinaloa Cartel Influence Runs all the way to The Presidents Office in Mexico.

That is a confirmed fact.

Calderon can Tell the USA all he wants that he is fighting the Cartels, The REAL TRUTH is that He is BED with Chapo Guzman and the Sinaloa cartel is using the Mex. Govt. to eliminate its Rivals.

Chapo has Carte Blanche anywhere he goes in Mexico thanks to cooperation from the Prsidents office and The Mexican Army.

Anonymous said...

Texcoco Mex said.

Well if Calderon is in BED with Chapo Guzman, then the U.S government is in BED with all the cartels in the U.S because I don't see that many drug busts like the ones I see in Mexico. But well is always a lot easier to point the finger at someone than finding out the truth.

Anonymous said...

Ya, el eme uno is not someone to mess with. Since we are on the topic, I took the liberty of translating the video where el eme uno beheads Manuel Mendez Leyva, an associate of la barbie:

Executor: What is your name?
M.M.L: Manuel Mendez Leyva
Executor: Repeat
M.M.L: Manuel Mendez Leyva
Executor: Who are you working for?
M.M.L: For "La Barbie"
Executor: Repeat
M.M.L: For "La Barbie"
Executor: What is your duty?
M.M.L: Obtain pills and ephedrine
Executor: Repeat
M.M.L: Obtain pills and ephedrine
Executor: What was your plans?
M.M.L: A war against "Chapo" Guzman
Executor: Repeat
M.M.L: A war against "Chapo" Guzman
Executor: Who initiated it?
M.M.L: "La Barbie", Lazarito, Alejandro and my brother Patricio Mendez Leyva.
Executor: When do they think to start?
M.M.L: As soon as the boss order
Executor: Who rent the houses?
M.M.L: Me, for office business.
Executor: Repeat
M.M.L: Me, for office business.
Executor: Well, Is That All You've Got?
M.M.L: That's all Sir
Executor: Ok, now you go away from here
M.M.L: Excuse me?
Executor: Now you go away from here
M.M.L: What will you do sir?
Executor: Low your hand
M.M.L: No murders no ah!
::Beheading starts::
Executor with head in his hands: This is what you'll get if you go against us.
Executor at the end: Slowly, slowly

Anonymous said...

Also, after the video was released, someone wrote a narco-corrido about the event. I've translated that as well:

dripped sweat all over his face
feet and hands were tied
an individual who had kidnapped
by the orders of one who not imagine

an elite tactical hooded
with guns and skulls everywhere
then take him to a house
there terrorize him and ask
for whom you work? what were their plans?
What is your function? What were you in charge of?

the quiet man did not answer
but his behavior changed when
he saw the presence of those who entered.
the terror in his face reflected
more to meet the respected M1 [Manuel Torres Felix]
a perfectionist in the battles,
decapitating sweeper of souls,
the victim knew what to expect.

the man's screams filled the house
M1 slowly tortured him,
body cuts and bruises to the face,
gushing blood on his face smeared
without remorse he caused him pain
to see if the individual would cooperate.

all the methods he used
were enough to make him speak.
he gave the names of those involved,
all had plans in mind,
my function was to locate those who are
working with the Culiacan Cartel

Is that really all you were in charge of?
M1 calmly asked.
with a broken voice when answered
the victim had no hope of his release,
a knife was the last thing he saw
and the face of him who beheaded him.

Anonymous said...

I posted the comments before. I wanted to clarify. I'm not trying to glorify anyone. No one south of la lina is to be messed with. Not los zetas, not sinaloa, no one. I just wanted to add something to the conversation. El eme uno does appear to be a rising star in cartele de sinaloa.

ASI said...

La Eme is on the almost at the top of the list. He will fall soon.

ASI

Anonymous said...

M1 is a lil girl everybody knows this ever since the fight started with the beltran leyva he never leave the hills or la sierra everyoe knows this.its only that the corridos make him look like hes all tough but in reality hes not like that.sorry to all of you that admire him but its the truth.

Anonymous said...

these structures are way old.

Anonymous said...

Were living in changing times. In the end the good will always prevail! God bless us all and protect us from harm's way. so be it!

Anonymous said...

Send CIA drones to Mexico and start blasting these thugs to hell just like they are doing in Afghanistan.
Until the people of Mexico arm themselves and rise up against their oppressive corrupt state and local governments nothing will change.

We see how well gun control works. It only disarms the common good people. The criminals and corrupt officials oppress the people.

Anonymous said...

LaFamilia is considered extinct!

Anonymous said...

This structure has to be updated!

Anonymous said...

All the heads of the Cartels are living on the other side of violence? USA...Why? When they order all these extortions and executions they have to know that the same is going to happen to their own... Dont be scared of lo que has sembrado... So tuff tuffguy.. let your family go through what you are making others go through.. They could be their own mother, father, brother sister or son's. How could you kill your own flesh and blood? We are all human and should have respect for humanity!! Religious?? REally?? I hear religious cartels.. if you were religious... you are breaking ALL the commandments.. I just hope these Cartel's actually dont pray onto God or La Virgin..... That would be such a joke.... How dare you waste THEIR time??

Anonymous said...

UPDATE THIS!!!!

Anonymous said...

Please update this!

Anonymous said...

you all forgot about gerardo enrique estrada sanchez! he is 40 now and living in south carolina in the united states!

sylmerpossi said...

Stay in Mexico, not in Sylmer, CA. We will take of u, if u make it to LA.

Anonymous said...

to Anonymous from 12-2-11, 7:38 AM - do you have a photograph of Gerardo Enrique Estrada Sanchez? Or do you know where I can find photos of him and his brother Francisco Javier Estrada Sanchez.

Anonymous said...

to anonymous 12-2 all you do is google the name as you mentioned and select "Captura Procuraduria estatal a un presunto homicida..." there is a photo of gerardo. Francisco is on lock in nayarit detained at federal penitentiary. The "Goli" was helping the Z's by representing the captured members of the gulf cartel as their counsel. The Goli's brother gerardo made it into the U.S. and lives in South Carolina in north augusta area with new wife. Youtube is a good source for information on los zetas and the gulf cartel and some of its structure which is worldwide.It is easy to enter the U.S. if you know the right people as mexico has become too dangerous, you cannot trust anyone anymore that is why we leave.The united states welcome mexicans particularly in the southern states as they are major hubs for "Dirty".

Anonymous said...

No veo cómo él en Estados Unidos con antecedentes penales

Anonymous said...

Who will take the place of vikram datte, perfume lord?

Anonymous said...

antonio was right about MEXICO being a beautiful country. I ustd to live in EL Paso and go across constantly. I made a lot of very nice friend with a lot of the business people there but now I don't dare go back to Juarez because of the cartels. I miss the people and friends that I made and I fear for their safety. Yes, both sides are to blame for this. The pay in Mexico is low and the drug use in the US is high so there is good reason for drug dealing but does it have to be so deadly?

Anonymous said...

It is deadly for the soul purpose of the No fear approach of we mean buisiness. Since it is money they desire to make they must not let the other's interfere. They seem a bit sloppy though because i remeber tracking for the NSA and it was the same story.

Anonymous said...

Cartel big wigs stick out well in Central California. You see them at restaurants with their finely appointed women. They are so obvious because the women look foreign, almost European, too dolled up. The caballeros need to tone down their dress a bit. Lose the pimp style hats and put on some nice jeans. Try and fit in at least.
...and by the way, thanks for not shooting up our streets. Probably not long before you do but thanks just the same.

Anonymous said...

You all forgot about Los Caballeros Templarios. Didnt read one word on them.

Anonymous said...

Zetas better watch out, cartels better watch out. you are being watched and green lights on all of your heads. yes tourists can reak havoc in other countries with the right connections. You figure it out. One by one cartels will fall.

Anonymous said...

As soon as US seal team 6 is called upon to kill any of these drug lords and their special forces security it's game over. Seal team 6 would fly in to the subjects area in radar stealth and soundless choppers and finish any of these guys and all their security in a matter of minutes.

Anonymous said...

wow i have seen that dude in person, how these people do this? isnt border patrol still here?

Anonymous said...

you "anonymous" keep posting this is interesting stuff. clearly the united states is dependent on mexicos supply of drugs. as I also see alot of illegals trying to get in nightclubs and such. when good people get fed up then the war will begin and one will end!

Anonymous said...

If the people in our gov't (U.S.A.) weren't so obsessed with middle easter issues then just maybe we make some more progress. We need to do more to reduce our drug problem and stop blaming the mexicans for everything. We also need to do more to keep our guns, from going to Cartels. WE sell them there. We buy the drugs. We fuel the war. Solve the problem from within 1st. -Anglo disgusted with blame game

"lito"brito said...

yeah just imagine if there was the attention paid to Mexico that si paid to the middle east....90% of the American people have no idea what is going on here ..

there are people who aske seriously if i ride a burro when i am here ..no joke..i tell them yes ..right down the streets in Monterrey ..i tell the there are lots of different burros here ...BMW burros ..escalade burros ..tsuru burros...


it is really a shame how the American public is kept in the dark..about a lot of things

Anonymous said...

Los zetas teaming up with MS-13, getting desperate now? someone push the F---KIN button on mexico

Anonymous said...

Cuenta de que muchas personas cayedo como moscas, aquellos que buscan justicia estan recibiendo ellos demasiado

Anonymous said...

'sun valley CA' ''key'' big fish small pond? heads in bright day light one officer knows best but keeps hushhush! good pay even in the states. the word is one sddisk holds key peoples names accounts trails that lead all the way to palacio/mx. ay mis casitas ay mis casitas mucho party i mucho money..v55general.

Anonymous said...

tha big dog...I say, how come "chapo" still breathing? where is he? alot would like to know. All of this senseless violence on own people for dirty money. You will have to answer to the Father.. I would start thinking of what to say. Chapo return to dust and be no more

Anonymous said...

These cats have unbelievable technology, fly by wireless drones that carry up to 230lbs cargo and are completely undected by radar and fly trips always at night at several distances to replenesh fuel cells for long trips. Billions of dollars is what kind of budgets these cartels have, too bad legitemate very small businesses are perfect for these large cash favors funded to the hilt..one of many best secrets of the drug trade.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Gente Nueva(New People)working for El Flaco(Skinny)R-5,I'm only 24,Born in Guasave,Sinaloa,territory of the Leybas,went to Culiacan,Sinaloa looking for El Roke got a job,got introdused to El Flaco working for him in Sonora.i live in the capital of Cali,own a 2012 toyota tundra twin cab,2012 chevy tahoe,2009 nissan armada and you will never catch me without my firepower..C.D.S. Gente Nueva people of R-5....

Anonymous said...

the new leader of the Tijuana cartel is know only as "Ugly Betty"

Anonymous said...

El sangre es en los manos de los pendejos en el Estados Unidos quien consumir el drogas! Si nadie compra el drogas, entonce no plata por el cartel!

Anonymous said...

does anyone know the son of Vicente Carrillo Fuentes that goes by the nicknames of Tito north of the border and Trinity south of the border?

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