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Friday, May 10, 2024

The Chapitos Never Stopped Producing Fentanyl, It Was A Public Relations Strategy, Says DEA

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

"Los Chapitos”, “Los Menores” and/or “Los Chiquillos” - as Iván Archivaldo and Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar, alias “El Chapito” and “El Alfredillo”, are known, as well as Joaquín and Ovidio Guzmán López, “El Ratón ", aged 40, 37, 36 and 33, respectively, all sons of the Sinaloa kingpin Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, "El Chapo" - didn’t stop manufacturing fentanyl in Mexico and the alleged order to do so was a publicity hoax or a method to eliminate rivals, said the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

In the 2024 edition of its Drug Threat Assessment -published on May 9, 2024-, the DEA assured that the blankets that appeared in October 2023, in Sinaloa, Sonora and Baja California, in which “Los Chapitos ” supposedly prohibited the manufacture of fentanyl, was a public relations strategy, which had no effect on the availability or price of said synthetic drug.

“In October 2023, Los Chapitos orchestrated a publicity show by allegedly enforcing the so-called ban by hanging blankets in prominent locations in Sinaloa, Sonora and Baja California […] However, the ban was a public relations stunt or an attempt for cartels to consolidate production among a smaller number of trusted manufacturers and punish others,” said the DEA, in its 57-page annual report.

According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, other groups belonging to the Sinaloa Cartel and Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) also joined the alleged ban, including the Tijuana Cartel, La Plaza, Los Cazadores, Los Gorilas and Los Pelones.

According to the DEA, the total of fentanyl seizures made by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) agency itself, during the year 2023, reached record levels with some 79 million fentanyl pills and 6.8 tons of powder of said synthetic drug, which would demonstrate its wide availability, causing more than 100 thousand deaths in 2022.

On the other hand, the aforementioned DEA report stated that the CJNG and the Sinaloa Cartel had a presence in fifty US states, controlling clandestine drug production sites and the routes to transport them from Mexico to US territory, in addition that they maintain large network centers in cities in that country, along the border.

The DEA pointed out that the criminal structures of the CJNG and the Sinaloa Cartel have diversified their criminal activity and were not only dedicated to drug trafficking, they also commit arms trafficking, money laundering, migrant trafficking, sex trafficking, bribery, extortion, among other crimes.

“They have a global reach that extends to strategic transportation areas and profitable drug markets in Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania,” detailed the DEA, which also indicated that the CJNG and the Sinaloa Cartel commanded organized criminal networks around the world. Which played a role in the production and distribution of fentanyl, methamphetamine and other illicit drugs by the ton.

“They operate extensive global supply chains, from precursor chemicals to production facilities, and direct a complex network of conspirators that includes international shippers, cross-border shippers, corrupt officials, tunnel builders, corporations, money launderers and others,” the DEA emphasized in its report.

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration stated that for these two organizations to have a presence throughout the United States, it was due to the scope of control of these criminal structures “over each segment of the criminal drug trade,” eliminating any competition in US markets.

“They dictate the flow of nearly all illicit drugs into the United States and their dominance over the synthetic drug trade in particular is evident in the relentless flow of fentanyl and methamphetamine crossing the border into U.S. markets,” the DEA noted.

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration explained that the US states where there was a greater presence of the Sinaloa Cartel and the CJNG were Arizona, California, North Carolina, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, New York, New Mexico, Texas.

Zeta Tijuana


  1. I have no issues if Ivan and his family die in a drone strike.

    1. You honestly don't feel much guilt when it comes to pushing buttons. So, yeah why not. I will say though that it's a rude awakening for people on the ground. That dumbfounded look on their faces when they're left wondering what the fuck just happened is something you never really forget.

    2. I get it but I feel this little shit Ivan enjoys poisoning his life's not worth a dime and aslong as no innocents get it I don't feel bad if his kid watches daddy get toasted

  2. Denver has large linea presence too. Majority of Mexicans there from Chihuas. Goodluck to denver trying not to get sweeped by Minnesota tonight.

    1. Denver the reigning champs baby it ain't over yet trust me

    2. Let's go Denver on the come up 💯

  3. There is just way too much money to be made with fentanyl. No cartel will stop producing and selling this poison. I love the idea of drone strikes. We can paste pictures of dead victims due to fentanyl on the drone before sending it. That would be great payback. Nuff Said!!!

  4. If the DEA read BorderlandBeat they would have known that the Chapitos never stopped producing fentanyl.

    1. We always knew this was the case .

    2. They knew before BB knew.

  5. Animo Sicarios!

    "Ivan y vienen
    Y no, se pueden preguntar
    Porque si ivan esta en algún lugar
    Despues que van, no lo pueden allar
    Preguntas, respuestas
    no pueden encontrar
    Se me hace raro
    si escondido nunca ha estado es la verdaaaad
    Me llamo ivan
    Soy hijo del chapito Guzmán
    Loera y así será
    Por que el viejo aquí esta
    Mírenme nomas
    igualito que mi apá
    Semblante, manera
    y hasta el modo de tratar
    Soy Archivaldo
    Soy chapito y me apellido Salazar
    Enamorado estoy
    De las mujeres, si señor
    Pues de una dama
    Es donde he venido yo
    María y la virgen a las que les doy mi amor
    Alfredito sabe que mi madre me enseño
    Muchos valores en la vida
    y ser unido fue el mejor
    Y aquí venimos, tranquilitos
    Con el chapito, jajay tranquilon
    Con poca gente
    siempre me miraran por hay
    Pasear chambear
    Tengo estilo pa mandar
    Tambien ayudar
    No me gusta hablar de mas
    Me gusta mas escuchar
    Y hasta pa cargar mi super
    De pantera y de la real
    Tengo peculiaridad
    Sencillo soy al hablar
    Y mi modo es natural
    No me gusta vestir mal
    Me gusta mucho escuchar
    musiquita pal relax
    Los máximos tocaran
    Esa de yo soy Ivan
    Pa mi trébol
    Mis compadres de trabajo,
    De pisteada,
    y tambien de mucha lealtad
    Ivan y vienen
    Y no me puedo echar pa'tras
    Es la herencia de mi apá
    Soy el chapito Guzmán
    La sangre del general
    La historia continuara
    Pero le voy a cambiar
    Hare las cosas a mi estilo
    Me la llevare tranquilo
    Y si buscan, van a encontrar"

    1. Rata de dos patas de paquita la del barrio is the true song of el ivan

    2. Animo sicario006!!!

  6. So where is CDG on the map? It’s hard for me to imagine where they can “dominate/control” a border so large and important yet doesnt translate to the US marketplace. Then again this is only a fent map right? If so does this mean, CDG doesn’t really deal with trafficking such narcotic?

    1. I noticed the same! Laredo has no gulf/zeta trafficking? That can't possibly be true. Nuevo Laredo is the crown jewel for gulf/zeta. Nuff said!!!

  7. You don’t say…..


  9. Of course it was a publicity stunt.

    They only wanted THEMSELVES to produce and profit. They knew they were so many independents making money and they didn’t like this. This is why they started cracking down on everyone. Anybody that gets arrested is still gonna be associated with the Sinaloa cartel. But that don’t mean they necessarily work for them.

  10. El pedo es que no tienen opción si para de mandar fentanilo se cae su organización es seguir chambeando o muerte a su grupo.

  11. Nooo? Not one person that writes or reads on this site believed that shit.

  12. What’s the word on Javier Torres, heard he got released

  13. That map showing the cartel presences in US is from FY 2019, is there an updated one?

  14. I believe cds more than the govt. govt probably producing that shit.

  15. There's too much Fantanyl in US
    Covid didn't work so cheap drugs will do the job in population control
    A pill is worth $1 here in Phoenix AZ

  16. In a separate note, el Mini Mini, tiktoker puntero from Culiacan was missing since end of April was presumed dead. Just saw the video on IG where he is supposedly interrogated and beaten up. According to the user, he was freed and is alive. Does anyone know if this incident is related to the murders of other Punteros in Culiacan posted by BB a couple of weeks ago? And if so, are the Chaput0s behind this?

  17. What did you expect? That they were going to throw away all the product that was already made. DEA sometimes like to create narratives so they can look like they’re doing their job.

  18. Pretty sure map is out dated

  19. They did actually put a ban on it because there was mostly independents making it and flooding the market. They did kill people that were producing it and caused others to move their kitchens elsewhere. It did affect the price, quality and supply. Obviously there were probably certain people that were allowed to continue but the DEA isn’t exactly accurate with this one unless they mean the actual cartel members never stopped but the independents did as people think any drug trafficker from Sinaloa is apart of the cartel. The fentanyl game right now is nothing like it was before the ban but there’s a chance it’s not because of the ban but because it’s become hard for them to secure the precursors. There’s a good chance the brothers knew there was about to be a drought on the precursors and tried to act like they were banning it when the cooks couldn’t get it anyway. More then likely they just wanted the limited amount of precursors for themselves and that’s why there was a ban to begin with. Who knows but the DEA is outta pocket saying nothing changed.


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