Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

"El Chapo": His routes and alliances in Colombia

Saturday, March 2, 2013 |

Rafael Croda Proceso (2-26-2013)

Translated by un vato for Borderland Beat

Warned by President Juan Manuel Santos, the Colombia National Police (PNC: Policia Nacional de Colombia) opened an investigation to detect the presence and modus operandi of the Sinaloa Cartel. That's how it was determined  that the criminal organization operates in three departments in the country and has woven alliances with one of the local criminal gangs in the Pacific zone. Consulted on this matter, several researchers warn of the risks that implies, because they're afraid that Chapo's operators will get involved in the fighting between the local mafias who are disputing over control of the drug trafficking routes.   

BOGOTA (Proceso).-- Presented with allegations that Chapo Guzman and his followers operate in Narino and other Departments [Administrative subdivisions similar to provinces.-- un vato], President Juan Manuel Santos ordered the PNC, General Jose Roberto Leon Riano, and the Attorney General to initiate an investigation to battle Mexican drug traffickers.

On Thursday, (February) 14, heading a security council in the city of Tumaco, Santos pointed out: There are "rumors about the possible presence of members of Mexican cartels here in the Department of Narino" and for that reason, "we instructed the police director, in conjunction with the Attorney General, to investigate thoroughly whether there is room to believe that those rumors are true.

"We are not aware of any concrete information, but several people tell me that rumors are increasing of the presence of cartels, in particular the Sinaloa cartel, in some areas in the Narino Department, which of course we will fight and will not tolerate for any reason."

The presence of El Chapo here is more than a rumor, according to PNC intelligence sources consulted by this reporter.
 
Thanks to alliances with local organizations, the Sinaloa Cartel -- also known as the Pacific Cartel-- was able to establish itself in the country and now has a presence in three regions since last year: In the Eastern Plains, an extensive zone of tropical savannas to the southeast of the capital; in the southwestern Department of Narino, and in Buenaventura, the strategic access port to the Colombian Pacific, located 205 miles southwest of Bogota, the interviewees assure Proceso.

One of them, involved in a PNC investigation, also assures (the reporter) that, in addition, "there's an attempt by the Sinaloa Cartel to bypass intermediaries and go directly to the primary sources of drug production and trafficking in Colombia."

That same Thursday, (Feb.) 14, PNC intelligence agents and investigators deployed to the area and observed that in Narino, bordering Ecuador, and in the port of Tumaco --which is used to ship cocaine to Central America and Mexico via the Pacific Ocean --, Mexican narcos control the cultivation of coca leaf and the laboratories installed in that area to process it.

Towards the end of 2012, several Mexican drug traffickers arrived in Narino and immediately got in touch with the local bosses of Los Rastrojos, the gang that is disputing the drug market with Los Urabenos. The confrontations have left dozens dead, say the locals.

According to the PNC, the Mexicans are members of the Sinaloa Cartel and "go in and out of the country". With support from Los Rastrojos, say the agents consulted, they supervise directly the cultivation of coca leaf and the laboratories used to process it, some of them located in Ecuadorian territory. According to them, the shipments are made from the port of Tumaco.

"We see the Sinaloa Cartel's intent to assume supervision and control of the entire process: production, processing and transport of the drug from Colombia," says one of the police officers consulted.

El Chapo's agents -- drug trafficking managers, more than gunmen, according to the PNC-- travel through the corridor that runs from Tumaco to the Ipiales municipality, on the border with Ecuador, located some 107 miles southeast of the port.

"It's an area with a great deal of criminal conflict, and it's a strategic corridor for drug trafficking due to routes drugs have to the Pacific and to Ecuador and because we have coca fields and laboratories there. The Mexicans want to control the whole chain," says one of the interviewees to the reporter.

(Extracted from a report from Proceso magazine No. 1895, now in circulation.)
 

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Anonymous said...

borderlandbeat=chaponuthugging...

Anonymous said...

Good read, wish there were more elaborate details! :-)

Anonymous said...

FARC WILL GO TO WAR OVER THIS

Anonymous said...

This guy is not an idiot...he wants to control it all...all profit for him

Anonymous said...

Viva culiacan sinaloa

Anonymous said...

Well, they were finding processing labs in Guatemala a couple years back. This is nothing new. Greedy bastard wants everything. How much money is enough? He must already have $50 billion.

Anonymous said...

Someone please kill that midget.........been around too long,caused to much disruption in Mexico,killed many innocent familys....just plain killed many innocents that got in his way or were in the wrong place at the wrong time.....he needs to be cooked in a Guiso alive.


Anonymous said...

This is all assuming Guzman is still in the game,he got a lot of sons,this is more US sanctioned bullshit scare propaganda,anything that happens anywhere is Guzmans doin,fuckin earthquake happens in LA and it was Guzman,fire in New York,motherfucker,Guzmans at it again,the fuckin meteor that slammed Rus,shit that was Guzman,he was seen counting billions in Lithuania,then Romania,then Hungary,gets around dont he,,,Guzman is the new Osama Semi Old Banana.

Anonymous said...

Its not even about the money anymore. Its about total control, and power.

Anonymous said...

It dont matter how much he has...
He's being chasen down right now more than ever.....

Anonymous said...

That's the problem with those types of ppl. They get addicted to the money and power and want more and more and that is ultimately their downfall. If he was smart he'd take that pretty wife and the money and dip set

Anonymous said...

Un Vato- Excellent article. I have a few questions to ask. If my eldest son, who's with Dr.'s Without Boarders, has personal knowledge that he's given to "OFFICALS" in these countries- Guatemala,Equator,Columbia,Bolivia, and Venezuela for over a year, THAT THE SINALOA AND THE ZETA'S cartels are in all these countries, working with local drug traffickers, WTF is going on with all these countries? Is this yet again the denial of corruption in a country, like the b.s. in the 60's and 70's that the Italian Mafia wasn't present in every state in the US? I am not shocked at the level of corruption in governments in these countries but to put out direct lies at that level of government is insane. My son puts his life on the line whenever he goes to these countries to help innocents. To read the STATEMENT that they will investigate it now, as if they were clueless until now makes my head explode with anger. Lying,corrupt bastards, may they quickly go to HELL,where they belong. To not recognize the presence of the Mexican Cartels in these countries is absurd. Thanks for allowing us to read what outright b.s. is being put out there. May God biess all the innocents worldwide, who are effected by corrupt governments and drug traffickers. Texas Grandma. Peace.

Anonymous said...

Maybe he thinks hes napoleaon bonaparte and wants to take over the world lol. That could be a double edge sword and could be his downfall by trying to get too big

Anonymous said...

El Chapo controls drug smuggling (mexico) and drug (sales usa and european markets )now he is going for production and processing the source the coca fields of ecuador and colombia no wonder they call him the "The Bill Gates of the drug world"

Anonymous said...

QUE VIVA EL CHAPO!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Lo deben de conocer cómo "el jefe del la selva", no nomas "el jefe de la sierra" al chapo.

Anonymous said...

Arriba El Jefe De La Sierra El Boss Chapo Guzman

Anonymous said...

No they wont cause some like chapo will partner up with them

Anonymous said...

Lol he probably has as much money too.nobody really cares if they sell dope they just need to stop killing people who are not involved.

Anonymous said...

Is it just el Chapo, or the entire Sinaloa Federation?

Anonymous said...

De culiacan mandan libras de un polbito colombiano

Anonymous said...

Chapo has alliances with the farc it's the only way they would be able to operate with tranquality he gives them money and guns fuels the farcs cause.

Anonymous said...

yeah,but this coward STILL doesnt control shit in mexico!!! He sticks his ass in everything,Cause he has the money to do it,BUT,HE DOESNT CONTROL SHIT HERE IN mEXICO,this is a fact...NOT EVEN CULIACAN IS UNDER CONTROL...IF IT WAS,WHY DO CDS MEMBERS CONTINUE TO BE KILLED,ONE BY ONE...ANYWAYS,CHAPILLO,YOUR CARTEL VALE MADRE.NO HAN PODIDO CON LA LINEA EN MAS DE SEIS AÑOS!!!! WTF!!! Y ESO QUE LOS APOYO TODO EL MUNDO!!!!YOU SHITTY CARTEL SHOULD BE ASHAMED....

Anonymous said...

Departments are not like provinces by any means. They are independent states.

Anonymous said...

I won't be surprised if some pissed of Colombian tries to assassinate Chapo. Doubt Chapo will even set foot though. What will most likely happen is the Mexicans are gonna piss off the Colombians for trying to take over and then there's gonna be another war.

Anonymous said...

Errie counter intel to start some sht in another country just what the world needs. This isnt the movies where teenage thugs get a tour of the processing plants lol. Nobody wants it with FARC or the unknowns of Andes. money cant buy everything culeros.

Anonymous said...

@11:38pm not if i can help it.....Zeeee forever!!!

Anonymous said...

2:51: Sorry, but that's not correct. They are administrative subdivisions of the country, administered through governors. They do not have legislative bodies and do not promulgate laws, which they could do if they were independent states. The political entities that became departamentos were, as far as the research shows, independent states. In fact, the country was called the usual "Estados Unidos de---". -- un vato

el wero said...

im not surprise but colombians are not regular people when it comes to business and control remember el senor pablo they rather die than go to jail or take orders from anyone colombians rather sell than have a outsider call the shots just think about it will you have sancho call the shots when youre around??????????

Anonymous said...

Que tal amigos yo soy chapo guzman, el mas buscado del todo mundo. Solamente le quiero avisar k no estoy en mexico, or en guatemala..Estoy en las sierra de Iraq ami lado 500 soldados del Cartel de sinaloa. No me van a encontrar por k ya no soy el mismo fisicamente. Tengo serugia en la cara nadien sabe como me miro. Nomas el MZ y mi compa Manuel Torres M1 k ya lo mataron. Voy por todo tamaulipas y todo mexico. Arriva Cartel De Sinaloa.

Anonymous said...

Chapo-Nuthugging at it's finest....bola de lambe-huevos!!!!

Anonymous said...

What you think the military controls itself??? Seems they've been killing lots of cartel idiots.

Anonymous said...

Los colombianos gonoreahas se alinian con El Senor Chapo el va a manejar el negocio mundialmente ya saben colombianos al 100 por 1 .Ya tenemos Gente Nueva en Colombia y Ecuador . Y arriba el Senor Chapo Mayo Azul salsudos al Bravo y los Talibanes Gente NUeva y el Macho Prieto RIP M1....

Kflores said...

Mexican cartels have been sub contracting with Colombians for the last five years. Wonder what is pressuring the govt to finally speak out now? They can't be that clueless, right?

Anonymous said...

100x1 lo mando carillo no el chapo pendejo. Ve a jugar cyber-narco a otra parte culon imbecil

Anonymous said...

He can never take full control in Colombia ..Colombians will always will be on top

Anonymous said...

Nunca jamas pinchi mexicano colombia siempre va hacer mas poderosos indios piros

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