According to the chart showing the major drug trade in mexico that was produced by the SSP, the leading active criminal organizations are the Sinaloa cartel-Pacific, the Gulf, Los Zetas, Arellano Felix-Tijuana, the Carrillo Fuentes-Ciudad Juarez, La Familia and Colombia's Norte del Valle.
In Mexico seven drug cartels operate disputing several territories and some are fighting to maintain strategic alliances for its drug trafficking activities, according to a report from the federal Public Security Secretariat (Secretaría de Seguridad Pública ) that has identified the leadership and areas of operation.
According to the map prepared by drug agency, the main principal criminal organizations are the Pacific Sinaloa cartel, the Gulf, Los Zetas, Arellano Felix-Tijuana, the Carrillo Fuentes-Ciudad Juarez, La Familia and Colombia's Norte del Valle.
This organization maintains a presence in Sonora, Sinaloa, Durango, Jalisco, Nayarit, Colima, Guerrero, Morelos and Mexico City.
"They are currently fighting for the plazas of Baja California against the Tijuana cartel and Chihuahua against the Juarez cartel. They apparently forged an alliance with the criminal organization La Familia Michoacana and the Colombian cartel Norte del Valle. "
Their current leaders are Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada and Juan Jose Esparragoza, "El Azul."
From the first of December 2006 to November 30, 2010 376 members were captured, including Edgar Valdez Villarreal La Barbie.
On January 22, 2008 the Federal Police arrested 11 people linked to Alfredo Beltran Leyva, in safe houses located in colonias Romero de Terreros and San Angel Inn, which confirmed their presence in Mexico City.
Gulf and Zetas
Operating in Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, Hidalgo, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Tabasco, Chiapas, Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatan.
Its main leaders are Eduardo Costilla Sanchez, "El Coss" (Gulf cartel), Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, "El Lazca" and Jesús Enrique Rejón Aguilar, "El Mamito" (Zetas).
From December 1, 2006 to November 30, 2010 the SSP captured 710 members of these two organizations.
La Familia Michoacana
It has presence in Michoacan, Guanajuato, Colima, Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosi, Jalisco, Estado de Mexico and Guerrero.
Its leader is José de Jesús Méndez Vargas, "El Chango," who use to share the leadership with Nazario Moreno González, "El Chayo," but was killed in a confrontation. Other leaders are Enrique Plancarte Solís and Servando Gómez Martínez, "La Tuta."
From December 1, 2006 to November 30, 2010 the SSP arrested at least 578 members of this group.
La Familia was created in late 2005 and is dedicated to drug trafficking, kidnapping, extortions and piracy.
The Arellano Felix-Tijuana Cartel
Currently this criminal organization is led by Enedina Arellano Felix primarily in the financial part, and Luis Fernando Sanchez Arellano, "El Ingeniero." Their area of influence include Mexicali, Tijuana including all of Baja California, Ensenada and Mexicali Valley.
In October 2008, the Federal Police in Tijuana arrested Eduardo Ramon Arellano Felix, El Doctor, the alleged leader of the cartel.
The Carrillo Fuentes-Juárez Cartel
After the death of Amado Carrillo Fuentes, The Lord of the heavens, the organization is listed as the second most influential in the business of drug trafficking. It is known now that Vicente and Beto Carrillo Fuentes direct the operations of this criminal organization.
Other members of the organization are Armando Corral and José Luis Ledezma, "El JL," operating in Chihuahua. The main center of operation is located in Ciudad Juárez.
The Federal Police has arrested 18 main leaders of the cartel, including Vicente Carrillo Leyva, considered one of the heirs of the organization after the death of his beloved father.
Colombia's Norte del Valle
The organization is descendant from the Colombian cartel led Pablo Escobar Gaviria. It still operates in Colombia with international links and cells in Mexico, and, South and Central America. Institutions such as the SSP, the PGR, Sedena and Mexican Marines have detected a cell of the cartel in Mexico City.