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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Mexican Cartel's Pandemonium in Panama

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Panama • Local media said today  Mexican drug trafficking groups operating in Panama are using the country as a base for trafficking cocaine from Colombia to Mexico and the United States.

According to intelligence reports cited by the newspaper La Prensa,  the Gulf cartel, Beltran Leyva, Los Zetas and Juarez Cartel were the drug trafficking organizations most readily identified as being present in Panama. The information also indicated that there are 2,500 foreign prisoners incarcerated in Panamanian jails, between 90 and 100 are Mexican nationals, all charged with drug offenses, confirmed by Angel Calderon, Panama's Director of Prisons to La Prensa.

In September 2010 when Edgar Valdez Villarreal, aka La Barbie, was captured in an
operation in the Mexican capital, he told authorities: "all the drugs we transport into Mexico come from Colombia through Panama." Valdez Villarreal was reported to be in Panama in 2007 for the first time when an intelligence report associated the operation with the Beltran Leyva cartel. At that time he was listed as "Boss and security coordinator" of drug deliveries from Colombia that were transported through Panama.

Public Ministry sources consulted for the report indicated that, at the request of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Interpol, they investigated in Panama between 2007 and 2008 to determine whether the Beltran Leyva had accounts or assets in the country, but the inquiries were fruitless.

In the last seven years, La Prensa outlined several instances that are linked to Mexican cartel members. In one of these incidents, in 2007, a Sinaloa Cartel cell was dismantled. 16 Mexicans and 3 Panamanians were arrested upon the interception and ultimate seizure of their boat loaded with 19.4 tons of cocaine in the Pacific Ocean.

A week after the bust of that large vessel, authorities captured two other Sinaloa Cartel operatives with 200 kilos of cocaine and 2.5 million in cash they were intending to bury in backyard of the residence in the capital.

While from Los Zetas, in 2009, they seized three cars with drug compartments loaded with cocaine crossing at the Paso Canoas border with Costa Rica. 

in 2010 four suspected Juárez cartel members were captured at the Tocumen International Airport with drugs in their suitcases with false bottoms. 

The presence in Panama of drug trafficking sicarios from Mexican drug cartels are not only witnessed in the streets of this country but many have been left behind in Panamanian prisons for the crimes they've committed.

Besides the activities of drug trafficking, Mexican cartels have also left the country samples of their brand of  cruelty by eliminating those who betray them or who are acting contrary to their interests.

A local intelligence report  in late 2012, seen by La Prensa, said: "A group of Mexican hitmen were in Panama, then Mexican agents lost track them in Paso Canoas."According to this information, suspected Sinaloa cartel sicarios, "were looking for several members of the opposing Los Zetas cartel operating in Central America, including Panama."
 According to the report, this group of gunmen had several "jobs" in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia and Honduras.

Valle de Colombia Cartel
-Colombian cocaine trafficking group
-One of the most active Cartels in Colombia
-Is responsible for bringing much of the cocaine from South America to Mexico
-Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia
-Ties to communist Cuba, Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, the ETA of Spain, and other Marxist movements
-Aligned with the remnants of the Tijuana Cartel and the Juarez Cartel for cocaine shipments
-Claims to only supply drugs to support their political movement
-Known for high profile kidnappings

-Colombian cocaine trafficking group
-Partners with the Sinaloa Cartel and the Juarez Cartel for cocaine supplies
-Ariel routes from Eastern Colombia and Southwestern Venezuela for shipments
-Sea routes from the Pacific Coast of Colombia
-Former members of Norte de Valle who are partnered with Ejercito Revolucionario Popular Antiterrorista Colombiano. (Led by Pedro Oliveiro "Cuchillo" Guerrero and Daniel "El Loco" Barrera

-Colombian cocaine trafficking group
-Remaining members of army members of the AUC
-Positioned along the Panama border
-Aligned with the Gulf Cartel for cocaine trafficking

Los Paisas
-Colombian cocaine trafficking group
-3rd generation Medellin based group
-Beltran-Leyva organization in Mexico is a major cocaine buyer from the group

Cartel de Sinaloa
-Major Mexican drug trafficking organization
- Also known as the Sinaloa Cartel, Pacific Cartel, Guzman-Loera Organization, the Federation, and the Golden Triangle.
-This cartel was formed in 1989.
-El Chapo Guzman is the leader of the Sinaloa cartel.
-El Chapo has been featured in Forbes and other lists as one of the richest and most powerful figures in the world.
-The cartel now controls the complete border from Tijuana to western Juarez
-Feuds include fighting with the Tijuana Cartel, the Los Zetas, the Juarez Cartel, and the Beltra-Leyva Cartel.
-Claims are often made that the Mexican government favors the Sinaloa cartel over others. Recent claims have been made that the US Federal Agents have favored Sinaloa as well.

Los Zetas
-Created in 1999 by former special forces deserters who used their skills to work for cartels.
-A major Mexican and Guatemalan drug trafficking organization
-Split from their main employer the Gulf Cartel in early 2010
-They turned from an armed wing into a full fledged drug trafficking organization
-The currently control the Nuevo Laredo corridor into Southwest Texas.
-They have spread their territory stretching from the Texas border to Guatemala.
-They have seized control of much of the human smuggling industry into the US, from Central America all the way into Texas. They are believed to be responsible for the massacre of 72 Central and South Americans in northern Mexico.
-They are currently fighting with the Gulf Cartel mainly, as well as the Sinaloa and La Familia cartels.
-The group is a favorite target by the Mexican and US Government because of their ruthless behavior

Mara Salvatrucha - MS -13
-Central American/ Los Angeles street gang
-They have been known to be employed in Southern Mexico, and in the United States to carry out hits, as well as move large amounts of drugs onto the streets by cartels
-They are involved in human smuggling into Mexico from Central America.
-They also share drug distribution and smuggling into Mexico and Central America

Barrio 18 ( M-18)
-Central American / Los Angeles street gang
-Began as a Mexican and Mexican American street gang in LA
-Now more prominent in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala
-Bitter rivals of MS-13
-Ties with the Los Zetas and Sinaloa Cartel are suspected

El Perrones
-El Salvador drug trafficking organization
-Transit drugs from Panama to Guatemala
-Most prominent Salvadorian trafficking group

Texis Cartel
-El Salvador based drug trafficking organization
-Leaders are prominent and respected businessmen
-Profit off of controlling drug transit routes

El Mendozas
-Guatemalan drug and contraband trafficking organization
-Believed to have brought the Los Zetas into Guatemala as hired guns
-Highly connected to Guatemalan government
-Many members are believed to have fled to Belize

El Lorenzanas
-Guatemalan drug and contraband trafficking organization
-Ties to the Sinaloa Cartel
-Many members believed to be in Belize

El Leones
-Guatemalan drug trafficking organization
-Former cattle rustlers and car thieves
-The group was attacked by the Los Zetas in 2008
-Their territory is now believed to be run by the Zetas

                               K. Mennem
La Prensa reports the agents believe that the Sinaloa cartel and Los Zetas have been taking their war to Central America and to meet this objective, each side tries to "disappear" people who have washed their drug money. 
Another report from the Homicide Division of the Directorate of Judicial Investigation (DIJ) of the National Police indicates, that between 2009 and 2012, 20 Mexicans were killed in Panama linked to drug trafficking cases.
Furthermore, an analysis of the Integrated Criminal Statistics broken down between 2007 and 2012, 4,099 homicides occurred in the country of Panama.
 Of this total, 45 murders were credited to cases that involved drug trafficking, 127 mafia style executions, 135 were settling scores and 309 were attributed to gangs and the rest had some other motives.. Also according to this report, the homicide rate in Panama rose from 13.0 to 18.0 per 100,000 inhabitants during the same period,

Four Groups in the Isthmus
A recent report from the Attorney General of Mexico states that in the country eight drug cartels are currently operating, who have partnerships in 16 countries in the Americas, from Canada to Argentina.

According to the Mexican intelligence document, there is evidence that at least four of these drug cartels have operations in Panama.
 The Mexico's drug cartels are identified as the Pacific, Gulf, Los Zetas, Los Arellano Felix, La Familia Michoacana, the Knights Templar, Beltran Leyva and Juarez Cartel,

The report notes that the Pacific cartel expanded its presence to 13 countries of the continent: Canada, United States, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Belize, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Venezuela.

While the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas, two of the most vicious and territorial, operate in nine countries: United States, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, Colombia and Bolivia.
Also documented was the presence of Los Zetas in Honduras, Argentina, Brazil, while there are traces of Gulf cartel in Belize, Costa Rica and Peru.
The rest of these groups also contribute to criminal activities in some of these countries, but not the same level as the others. For example, the once-powerful members of the Arellano Felix cartel, are present only in the United States and Peru, while Juarez Cartel is also in the U.S. territory, keeping its alliances in Colombia,  Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama and reaching to Argentina, according to the report.
 The Knights Templar, emerged from La Familia Michoacan in 2011. While the group operates on U.S. soil, they are involved  as well in Colombia, Costa Rica and Guatemala.
The tentacles of the Beltran Leyva stretch from their own network to the United States, and also into Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia.

La Prensa reports assassinations or executions in Panama in recent years are related to the strategic geographic location of Panama and that these criminal organizations are increasing operations and transferring more business to Central America.

Sources Milenio, La Prensahell on earth blog panamaK. Mennem

K. Mennem For more on Central American countries and the drug war read:


  1. Nice photos! Better than yesterday's choice. Interesting story. Even my kids can learn from this one.

  2. Chapo is getting hit where it hurts preety soon chapo will be dwad

  3. Shorty is going down for being a traitor

    1. chapo didn't know where lazcano was,chapo did not steal all the money from the zetas,and chapo did not know where z40 (la tetanic) was, z42 knew where his brother was,now he is the big boss, right? now,repeat,chapo did not know...

  4. It makes sense for the cartels from Mexico to establish a presence in Panama. Considering that Panama is north of Colombia and is on a path to the lucrative North American markets, it is crucial that Mexico's cartels establish bases of operations in Panama. That has probably been the case of the once former Colombian province since the days of the cocaine trafficking king Pablo Escobar.

  5. Think you missed anything? I read this while I was working all afternoon. That 's why it took so long. Good read BB

  6. Might as well add Panama to the lists of places Mexican Cartels screw up. Nice pictures.

    1. Panama got fucked up when the Americans took the canal to complete and then killing torrijos for noriega,don't blame the messican,they just stealing everything south-america on their way to stealing everything north-america,it is ironic how they say you breed those that will carve out your eyes,or bit the hand that fed them,and the USA bred a lot of these idiots

  7. That is sad to see all that good yayo go to waste.

    1. it won't be wasted,after the show and tell,to account for the money they got from the mierda accords,the yayo will be re-packed and sent to the proper destinations

    2. You wish dude - they'll have to just depend on all the rest that does go through. This be gone and way too much for any photo op. Hard to believe the size of the dump and quantity! Really impressive.

  8. That proves that us the Chapos move more kilos than any piece of shit cartel like Zorras and las divas de Juarez. How many kilos did the seize to Chapos? How many to zorras? And divas? ARRIVA LOS CHAPOS!!!! Aunque les duela. And to whoever will say snitchloas screw you we are the best.

    1. Jock rider snitchloa..cds grabbed power because of pan party in Mexico . El mayo is more gangster than chapo punk ass..all you sinaloa are back stabbing traidores..government does cds dirty & balls to bang head on with anybody..BLO...Carillios....Arrellanos..only gangsters from sinaloa

    2. That means those chputos are fucking stupid and dont know how to move shit without getting caught thats hey are loesing territory everyday

    3. Dumbass only cause more of sapos loads were intercepted doesn't mean he moves the most weight.

  9. Thank you for all this work

  10. It just means they crack down on short legs moar calm down jr

  11. PANDEMONIUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  13. It will never end face reality

  14. Havana....two of "K's" links you have for source are not working :(

    "K"....many hours of work here, excellent!

  15. Havana - Maybe those links are burnt out from age. Sometimes it's like there they are but nobody's home just like mi abuela. Any way I like that you included K.M's blog to strengthen your piece. It did just that and was a smart move. Job well done- dead link or two not the end of the world-try a Panamanian Prison. My cousin did! Worse than Prison Break cause that is Hollywood

  16. Thanks for the link-backs Havana and thanks Buela. Sorry for the dead links. I did some restructuring on the site and lost a bit. I think it may just be the MS-13 link that was lost. I will see if i can fix it.

  17. Dear Havana- Outstanding story! All the details, very compelling. I've been in my country Sicily for a long visit. Missed so much news apparently. Panama, as well as Belize are 2 "new narco places",that my son has mentioned are extremely dangerous to go to, to try and get into to help the children. As is, Guatemala, Equador, Honduras you go, you better be prepared for anything.It appears the cartels have completely taken over all these countries. It terrifies me for not just my son and others with Dr.s Without Borders but for the hundreds of thousands innocents. Once again, Thanks Havana. And, it appears you and Chivis did an excellent job on the trial in Austin! Peace to all, Texas Grandma.

  18. I read this article in el diario de juarez a few days ago while i was in juarez... & yes cdj still runs juarez


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