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Thursday, December 30, 2010

The 7 Cartels Competing Nationwide

Source: Milenio

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.


  1. Now, I am just a poster on a message board, I don't do this for a living, (journalism), but some fairly inaccurate stuff in there, and as a whole most of it is really basic information.

    It's not accurate, or at least premature to say Chapo is fighting in Tijuana, it simply isn't the case, at this time, and from what I see, Mayo is the one working in the Tijuana plaza. Also, CAF doesn't control Mexicali, they lost that plaza to Sinaloa years ago, like 2004.

  2. How are the colombians involved in this? They sell to who ever has money.They were out of the game years ago.The mexicans used to "traffic" the stuff for a low fee-They got smart and instead of being a middle man -they just bought the stuff at wholesale prices.Pablo escobar was in Culiacan in the early 1990's.I dont think the colombians want to enter mexico and start a fight-They dont need to-too many buyers-

  3. Colombia's Norte del Valle has a presence in Mexico. They have cells that work within Mexico, they have for many years. They are allowed to work in Mexico by the powerful Sinaloa cartel, there is a strong link between them, I mean, if you sniff on the surface, you can see the a glimse of the extent.

    The Beltrán Leyva brothers’ Colombian cocaine supplier, Ever Villafane Martínez, was arrested in Morelos in August 2008. Since then, the organization has pursued a relationship with Víctor and Darío Espinoza Valencia of Colombia’s Norte del Valle cartel.

    They have been making billion of dollars while on the ground in Mexican soil and I don't think they were selling tamales.

  4. Yeah, this article is pretty stupid. First of all, why is CDG and Zetas in the same category? Secondly, where is CPS/Beltran Levya. Sure it.s somewhat fragmented, but it's still a significant player.

  5. they are not decended from escobar the are more from his rivals the cali.. but tomaeto tomato

  6. They failed to mention el cartel de Jalisco nueva generacion, formed by the people of coronel and milenio/Valencia cartel to battle la familia in Jalisco. Google it if you haven't heard of them.

  7. Yup, I agree! BB has the most well informed people when it comes to Mexican cartels, so what does the structure look like and who is leading what. Show Mileno the real scoop, and us by the matter.

  8. Anybody has some good articles I can read about Mexican Drug Cartels and the wars between them. I want a good long read tonight or tomorrow. Please I want to be informed as much as I can.

  9. The Mexicali plaza is being run by El Cheko o El 6 part of the Sinaloa Cartel. Gente de Zambanda...

  10. @ Ernies World...

    If you have Kindle, Nook or IPAD bookstore
    I recomend books by George Grayson in particular;


    it is a great overview of the top cartels, goes back to prohibition (where it began) & projections for the future/strategy it is 300+ pages

    then I recommend reports from The Woodrow Wilson is a link for one report, but they are credible and their info used by most major intelligence..and Media


    AMONG THE INFORMATION i ACCESS TO TRY AND REACH A CONCLUSION ON MY OWN...not saying I am so capable, but I care enough to try...

    sounds like you do also

  11. All we want is peace man!!!!!!!!

  12. The Juarez cartel and zetas are winning the war I'n chihuahua


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