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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Mexican Government Says It Does Not Favor Sinaloa Drug Cartel


The Mexican government does not favor the Sinaloa drug cartel, which is led by Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman, and has focused on “systematically weakening” all criminal organizations without “making distinctions,” a high-level security official said.

Guzman, one of Mexico’s most-wanted drug traffickers, “is a fugitive whose criminal organization harms society,” federal security spokesman Alejandro Poire said in a posting on his blog on the Office of the President’s Web site.

“Like other extremely dangerous criminals, he is being pursued by federal forces with the same determination and firmness, and his criminal organization is also being battled with the same severity as other criminal gangs,” Poire said in his latest statement targeting the supposed “myths” about the war on drugs.

One rumor that has gained traction in some sectors of Mexican society contends that the federal government favors the Sinaloa cartel, which some officials refer to as the Pacific cartel and is the country’s oldest and largest drug trafficking organization, working more diligently against other gangs.

An indicator of the government’s commitment to fighting all drug traffickers “are the severe blows that (the Sinaloa cartel) has sustained to its operational, logistics and financial structure” since President Felipe Calderon took office in late 2006, Poire said.

“We can assert today that the Pacific criminal group, led by Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, is weaker,” the federal security spokesman said, adding that the arrests of several of the gang’s leaders “have resulted in decisive blows” to its command structure and “criminal expansion.”

Guzman, who was arrested in Guatemala in 1993, pulled off a Hollywood-style jailbreak when he escaped from the Puente Grande maximum-security prison in the western state of Jalisco on Jan. 19, 2001.

The drug lord, considered extremely violent, is one of the most-wanted criminals in Mexico and the United States, where the Drug Enforcement Administration has offered a reward of $5 million for him.

The fall of essential cartel leaders, such as Jesus Zambada Garcia, Vicente Zambada Niebla and Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel Villarreal, as well as local boss Teodoro “El Teo” Garcia Simental, have been a blow to the criminal organization, Poire said.

“The federal government has made it clear that criminals do not get deals or impunity, they are brought to justice,” the federal security spokesman said.

The security forces’ operations against Guzman have reduced “the possibility of reconstructing the Pacific organization in the states of Jalisco, Nayarit and Colima,” Poire said.

The Sinaloa gang’s leadership had a falling out in 2008 with the faction led by the Beltran Leyva brothers, former allies who formed their own cartel, and with some members of the Milenio cartel last year, “reducing its capabilities and diminishing its area of influence,” the federal security spokesman said.

The war against the rival Sinaloa and Juarez cartels in Ciudad Juarez, a northern border city that has become Mexico’s murder capital, is “taking gradual steps toward an improvement in the security situation” in the city, Poire said.

Drug seizures “progressively reduce the resources used by these criminals to compromise the security of Mexicans and attack their tranquility,” the federal security spokesman said.

The seizure of 134 tons of marijuana, one of the largest on record, in Tijuana, a border city in the northwestern state of Baja California, was a blow to the Sinaloa cartel, Poire said.

Forbes magazine estimates that Guzman has a fortune of $1.14 billion, making him one of the richest people in the world.


  1. El chapo for president 2012

  2. Wake up people, it is the USA citizens that are causing this problem. We are the ones' using the drugs, buying the drugs, and helping the Afghans grow the drugs. We are the ones' supplying the bullets and the guns to the drug lords. We are the ones' that REFUSE to stop hiring the non-documented.

    The solution, a 'Berlin' type wall? A 'Star Wars' technical wall? NO, the solution is to STOP our people from buying and using drugs, which can be done in many different ways. The solution is to STOP and ARREST all our illegal business people that hire the non-docume nted, easy to do. The solution is to Increase our INS so that there is no longer a ten year backlog. The solution is to 'Tear Down' those walls and HELP their people obtain a better life in Mexico so that they can earn a living there. The Solutions are to accept the millions of residents that are here, born here, invited here, own businesses here, and work and pay taxes here.

  3. ¡El gobierno miente!

  4. NPR created a database and screened the information for every person the government arrested, prosecuted or sentenced who was associated with one of the seven major drug cartels.

    The analysis showed that the Mexican government crackdown has not hit the Sinaloans as hard as it has other cartels.

    Nationwide, 44 percent of all cartel defendants are with the Zetas and Gulf cartels. Only 12 percent of the defendants are with the Sinaloa cartel. The numbers contradict the Mexican government, which claims it has arrested twice the percentage of Sinaloa gang members.

  5. My God, how many times is the Mexican Government going to put out this old propaganda? What a joke. The Juarez Cartel, Tj Cartel and Zetas can't walk outside. but nothing ever happens to Sinaloa. And even if Calderon did actually think this way, all the high level officials and generals do whatever they want anyway. Are they loyal to the government for their $100,000 a year salary or to El Chapo, El Mayo, and El Azul for the $3,000,000 a year. Come on, tell that lie to a fool!!!!!!!

  6. 10:38 PM...That is one of the dumbest comments I have ever read. Texas, California, New York and Florida all have more people in prison each than any other nation. What in the hell are you talking about. My God, our national debt is through the roof and we don't seemed to have a way out. Hell, we off shore everything and don't produce anything. Who is going to pay for a prison system to lock up 35% of the nation. Just because you are a square doesn't mean the world is. Hell, the judges, lawyers, and doctors do cocaine on the weekend. Who is going to do the surgeries. I don't know who you are but you need to remain anonymous because someone that dumb needs to remain incognito. Go back into your cave dude. We have 105 unemployment now, but we need to invite all of Mexico to come on up?

  7. I really am sick of this conspiracy theory, there are a few people I know who are so obsessed with this X Files nonsense that they cannot even discuss the topic in an intelligent manner. There are many much more logical reasons why Sinaloa has not been as affected, and in any case THEY HAVE. Look at all the plaza leaders and bosses that controlled ports of entry in Mexicali that were Sinaloans, at least three went away this yearl. Nacho Coronel, the list goes on. It's so frustrating to argue with the conspiracy theorists, because no matter what facts you bring up they just spin it. Oh, Nacho had a falling out with Chapo & Mayo, 'he wasn't important anymore'.

    'They just give up people who aren't needed'. Like Nacho's territory didn't go to hell after his arrest, greatly reducing Sinaloa's control of the area.

    It's just such a backwards and hand tying way to look at things. People actually think Calderon and Chapo and all these other politicians are controlling the war. I think that's ludicrous. This has spiraled way beyond that.

  8. Our government's policies created these guys, and have been propagating greater and greater more violent criminality in the promotion of it's fruitless war on drugs, especially the foolishness over marijuana. ..

    If we just legalized marijuana or decriminalized it completely then this dirt bag and other like him would lose 60-70% of their income...

    But no....that would be too simple...

  9. U.S. government will never ever ever be able to stop the smoking of weed. Never. Ever. Legalize and tax it like alcohol. Plain and simple. It's illegality is steeped in racist fear-mongering politics, so it will be difficult to do, but it can be legalized. Once people on this side of the border start being slaughtered like they are inside Mexico, maybe politics will be set aside to get pot out of the smugglers' hands and stop most of the violence, not to mention bring in huge revenue for states. What is so hard about that? Hell we could use some of that money to fund schools or pay our police officers and deal with All of the budget short falls.

  10. To all the "legalize marijuana and the problem will go away" types, you must also be smoking crack.

    In California, all you need is a pulse to get a Medical Marijuana card and yet there is still an incredible amount of importation.

    And look to the example of Amsterdam. Legalization has created a huge addiction issue that they are now having to cope with. They are talking of limiting the legalization to citizens only to stop the drug-tourism.

    The notion that the cartels get 60-70% of their funds from weed is ludicrous and also the thought that it is all about the US. These are multinational organizations with diverse business interests. Cocaine, Meth, Heroin, Kidnapping, Extortion, Robbery are all part of the new reality. If we take away one source, they will just expand the others to fill the void.

    12:09am, your ignorance is staggering. To think that the violence will stop if pot is legalized shows a serious lack of understanding of the issues.

  11. @10:27 AM...Your all knowing arrogance is very shallow and dull. The point is legalize, decriminalize, and regulate all drugs before the national debt is irreversible, not after it is too late. Don't worry, you and all the other cops will still have jobs.

    Think outside the box for a real solution. America can't afford yours.

  12. OMG "J"...What sand pile have you buried your head in. Their is no news about police and military action being taken toward the Sinaloa Cartel. Virtually none. But they are hitting the others several times daily. Next, I guess you will be talking about what a fine incorruptible leader Calderon and all of his staff are. Good God, pull your head out. I guess you also think the DEA and the US government have no corruption. Just admit it, you are pro PAN and anti anything else. That needs to be your platform because this one surely has you losing credibility here.

  13. 10:29 PM..El Chapo doesn't want to be president. There is no money in it, less prestige, fewer women, and for sure "not a lot of fun." I think he would rather stay the most powerful man in Mexico.

  14. That wasmeant to be ironic. El chapo has more power and is more popular than the actual president of Mexico. Get it? Irony. Thanks though!

  15. Just look at Luna, Calderon's right hand..

  16. lol I wasn't aware I had any credibility here anyway. I surely can't lose, by making sound and logical arguments based on facts and evidence, rather then conspiracy theories and hearsay.

    Do I think there is wide ranging and heavy political corruption? Yes. Does some of these corrupt support the Sinaloa cartel and El Chapo? Sure. Is it one big massive cigarette smoking man conspiracy with Calderon and Chapo? I think the idea is asinine, and fantasy.

    Nacho Coronel. Chapo's father in law. 12 TONS of cocaine in Veracruz. What was that, a gimme? Just to quiet the doubters? El Negro Sabori, Marco Paredes, El Charro, all important Mexicali bosses who had been in position for YEARS and were apprehended this year. Chapo/Sinaloa has a few things going for them, more money, influence, and a much better public image then the rest of the cartels.

  17. In California, all you need is a pulse to get a Medical Marijuana card and yet there is still an incredible amount of importation.

    That's not true. That's An exaggeration. I'm from orange county and you need to be termanily ill, in chemotherapy or suffer from glaucoma

  18. I think the "lock every one up" mentality is insane. The war on drugs is a horrible destructive game. The U.S. Government is disgusting. There has been so many covert op. money generated from the illegal narcotic trade that it isn't funny. It's about control, people. But maybe another narco bailout is in order. It's all dirty as hell.

    The super RABBIT has spoken!!


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