Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Milenio article
[ Subject Matter: Cartel leaders arrested, All Cartels
Recommendation: Some basic knowledge of current Mexican cartels would be useful ]
Reporter: Ruben Mosso
The Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion is the criminal group that has received the least strikes against its leadership, well only three members of the organisation have been affected by Federal forces, that formed part of the 122 priority objectives of the Federal Government are seeking to capture.
Until today, they have given a parade of 93 criminals, 91 of which the PGR revealed their names this passed 8th of May. Between them 14 have been killed.
In response to a request for information, the PGR signalled that the major part of the detained and dead are from Los Zetas.
From 2013 until today, 26 Zetas were captured, while a further 5 lost their lives while confronting Federal Forces.
Among the detainees is the absolute leader of Los Zetas, Miguel Angel Trevino Morales "El Z-40", Tomas Mauricio Sifuentes Garcia "El Mega", Vincente Molina Morales "El Vincentillo" and Ramiro Perez Moreno "El Rama". In the list of fallen are Angel Aguirre Uscanga Marin, Cruz Alberto Zamudio de la Rosa "La Cucha" and Jose Hernandez Martinez "El Enano", to name but a few.
In second place we find the Cartel del Poniente, a criminal group that operate in the North of the Country, particularly in Zone La Laguna (adjacent to Coahuila and Durango). Otis: see Chivis and Valor's lowdown on this crew see link.
In the last few years this criminal band have protagonized confrontations with Los Zetas and Los Cabrera, this last group move drugs for the Sinaloa Cartel. Otis: see Buggs lowdown on this crew Los Cabrera see link.
Until now there have been 17 leaders of this group detained. Some of the criminal are named as: Aurora Rodriguez Montoya, Carlos Frederico Aguilar Chaires, Vicentillo, Daniel Garcia Avila "El Danny" and Francisco Centeno Vela "El Negro" or "La Barredora", among others.
The Sinaloa Cartel maintains third place in priority objectives, already 12 leaders have been captured and three more have been killed.
Among the detained are, the boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, Alejandro Cabrera Sarabia, Francisco Javier Pulido Oropeza "El Pinchas", Abraham Inzunza Inzunza "El Wico" and Luis Ricardo Centeno Vela "El Mongol".
For the other part, Gabino Salas Valenciano "El Inginiero", Gonzalo Inzunza Inzunza "El Macho Prieto" and Jesus Rodrigo Fierro Ramirez "El 11", are the leaders that lost their lives fighting the Federal Forces.
Meanwhile the Cartel del Golfo occupy the fourth slot, who have had 5 of their leaders captured and one more killed.
A few of these are currently facing penal processes they are: Eleno Salazar Flores "El Leno", Emilio Montes Sermeno and Juventino Palacios Gonzalez "El Secre". The leader reported killed was Galdino Mellado Cruz "El Mellado", who was one of the founders of Los Zetas.
Following on in fifth place is the Juarez Cartel, with five priority objectives achieved like their leader Vincente Carrillo Fuentes "El Viceroy", Alejandro Arias Barrera "El Grande", David Aaron Espinoza Haro "El Secre", Omar Javier Llamas Orta "La Guapa", and Alberto Esteban Carrillo Fuentes "Betty la fea", brother of "El Viceroy".
In sixth place we find the Caballeros Templarios, with three detainees and and two killed. Above all the capture of Servando Gomez Martinez "La Tuta" or "El Profe", and the death of Nazario Moreno Gonzalez "El Chayo" or "El Mas Loco", and Enrique Plancarte Solis "Kike Plancarte".
Following on in seventh is the Beltran Leyva Organization with three detentions, La Familia Michoacana with two detentions and one dead, and the Cartel Arellano Felix with two captures.
In respect of the CJNG, the Federal Government has detained the following priorities, Jose Bernabe Brizuela Meraz "La Vaca" and Rafael Vincente Mendoza "El Arete". Of this group who lost their lives are, Juan Carlos Carranaza Saavedra "El Naca".
Keys of the higher danger
In Mexico there are nine cartels that operate through 43 criminal cells, without doubt the CJNG is considered the most dangerous.
Organizations like Los Zetas and CDG have been rendered less dangerous by strikes at their structure, as well as disputes among themselves.
Original article in Spanish at Milenio