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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sinaloa Cartel: responsible for 84% of "narco" homicides

The Sinaloa cartel, spearheaded by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, is behind 19,097 murders committed in the past four years, mainly because their attempts to expand into other regions has led to conflicts with four other criminal organizations.

A document prepared by the Mexican government and acquired by MILENIO (Report on the phenomenon of crime in Mexico) reveals that during the period from December 1, 2006 to July 31, 2010, there were 28,353 murders linked to organized crime.

Of this total, 22,701 “narco” homicides have their origin in seven regional disputes between drug gangs, while the rest (5,652) were not linked to any particular criminal organization.

The homicides are concentrated in 162 municipalities out of the 2,456 that make up the country.

According to the document the bloodiest fighting occurs in Chihuahua, Durango and parts of Sinaloa, where cells loyal to the Sinaloa cartel face off against cells loyal to the Juarez cartel, headed by Vicente “El Viceroy” Carrillo Fuentes.

The conflicts between the Sinaloa and Juarez cartels have led to 8,236 murders, mostly in Chihuahua, which account for 36 percent of executions in the country. These are the product of “old rivalries and family betrayals" as well as for control of Ciudad Juárez, a major port of departure for drugs into the U.S.

The wave of murders in that state broke out in the last months of 2007 and early 2008 with peaks of violence occurring in the fourth quarter of 2008 and the third quarter in 2009. 2010 has been marked "by the radicalization of aggression against authority, including the explosion of a car bomb targeting the Federal Police" and an increasing rate of homicides.

The second deadliest conflict being fought is between the Sinaloa cartel and the organization of the Beltran Leyva brothers, which has resulted in 5,864 deaths or 26 percent of the total.

The problem between these groups originated from the separation of the Beltran Leyva organization from the Sinaloa cartel led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

In 2008, the imprisonment of Alfredo Beltran Leyva, “El Mochomo”, led to the split between “El Chapo” Joaquin Guzman and the Beltran Leyvas, generating a spiral of violence in Sinaloa, Nayarit, Sonora, Durango and parts of Jalisco and Guerrero.

The dispute between the Sinaloa cartel and the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas is the third major conflict and has resulted in the deaths of 3,199 people or 14 percent of homicides (since early 2010 the Sinaloa and Gulf cartels have entered into an alliance against Los Zetas).

The document states that the above are the largest criminal organizations in Mexico and have been in disputes over several “plazas” since before the start of the Calderon administration. These “plazas” include Durango, Coahuila, Sinaloa (where trafficking routes to the northern border are located) and Guerrero, Tabasco, Quintana Roo and southern Chiapas south (where drugs enter from South America).

The fourth conflict between drug organizations is between the Sinaloa cartel and the Arellano Felix organization.

The document says that following the arrest of the Arellano Felix brothers, leaders of the Tijuana cartel, the organization split into two factions, one allied with Joaquin "El Chapo” Guzman and other remaining loyal to the Arellano Felix cartel. This conflict has left 1,798 dead, representing 8 percent of the total.

Other Conflicts

Other conflicts include La Familia Michoacana against the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas, which has resulted in 1,744 thousand killed or 8 percent.
(Since early 2010 the LFM has been part of the Sinaloa/Gulf cartel alliance against Los Zetas)

Less than 10 years ago criminal cells in Michoacan organization loyal to the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas split off and formed La Familia Michoacana and became independent. The war between these groups began in 2006 in Michoacan and has spread to Edomex (the state of Mexico), Guerrero and Guanajuato.

Meanwhile, the breakup of the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas over differences for control of markets and routes in Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon has generated 1,328 deaths or 6 percent (violence in both states has been increasing since the report was published in July)

Conflicts between La Familia Michoacana, the Beltran Leyva group and cells loyal to “La Barbie” have led to 532 deaths, mainly in Guerrero and Morelos. (violence between these groups has also seen an increase since the report was published).


  1. It appears as if Chapo is acting very paranoid. he shoots first, and asks questions later.After years of trying it looks like he is still trying to figure out who is the informant. Remember the movie Scarface, the character played by Al Pacino got so paranoid that no one would work with him anymore. If people are scared enough they will help authorities catch the guy, so what are you people in Tijuana waiting for?

  2. Why in the world would Don Chapo be paranoid? He has no reason to be. His Cartel is still the largest, most powerful and with the biggest income.

  3. The reason he has killed that many is b/c he is fighting everybody... Not bc he is paranoid. Him and Zambada are going against the CDJ, Zetas, and BLO. If you pay attention to the articles (from BB), everytime the CDS kills they go after their target and their target only. But when the Juarez Cartel goes after someone, like the Raton case, they kill everybody. Zetas are the same way, killing immigrants from South America, just bc their families wouldnt pay ransom! the truth of the matter is, "US will always use drugs, Mexico will always play middleman and producer", drugs will always play a big part of Mexico's economy. Whether you like it or not. But back in the day, the rate of innocent bystanders dying was very low, not until we started seeing groups like Zetas and Linea did we start seeing this worst part of Carteles. WHich is extortion, kidnapping (of innocents for ransom), and murdering family members that had nothing to do with the family members involved in the drug business. I would blame this deterioration on the Carillos, the Femiscides going down in Juarez was part of their business (According to Patricia's brother), teenagers in Juarez would get killed just for saying something stupid to the wrong person. I know he is under the gun, but I am not going to use that excuse to say it is not true. Alot of the things he says are not common knowledge. You should read "Down by the River" by Bowden, its an excellent book.

  4. Chapo already got caught once so obviously he can get caught again. Also he has bosses who must be really scared!

  5. Read the last anonymous comment posted on the 10/10/10 story "tired of interviewing victims" and then ask the US State Department to do something helpful.

  6. The Sinaloa/Tijuana conflict hasn't really been in effect since 2003 or so, the El Teo was internal CAF war, with some backing from Sinaloa, who knows what happens now though, with the kidnappings of Mayo's family members.

  7. btw, the image shows a presumed sinaloa gunman dead from an encounter where beltran leyva cartel members ambushed and killed more than twenty of sinaloa cartel members. completely misleading again. milenio article doesn't include any of this imagery. online journalism ethics at their best again.

  8. Rumor has it that Chapo has the blessing of the Fed? I have not seen many activaties against his organization, if the story is true above, then are we going to see his outfit targeted?

  9. Anon at 1:16 AM: This photo is relevant precisely for the reason you mention. The fact that Milenio did not include this photo in their article is irrelevant.

    Su servidor

  10. I think it's relevant. Why do we allow the same troll to post over and over these useless comments?


  12. do they really think that this is stopable?? ppl are being shot in there cars while driving.. at stop lights and in stores while shopping.. dam man this country is hell believe me i know i live there

  13. I heard from ex-CIA that black-ops are moving into Mexico to start a Sinaloa gangster killing spree. Hope there's no proof it's from the US or there'll be one hell of an international incident. Keep your eyes on the news for spikes in "gang-related" deaths lol

  14. cds are rats, they rat everyone out to gain possesion of the plazas. they are greedy backstabbing faggots, everyone that is in jail or dead is because the cds ratted them out or betrayed them that simple. and of course the president of mexico backs them up, but the show must go on, every beginnig has and end.


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