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Mexican Drug Cartel Structures (2006–present)


Mexican Drug Cartel Structures (2006–present)

Beltrán Leyva Cartel(Armed wing: Los Negros)

Arturo Beltrán Leyva • Alfredo Beltrán Leyva • Mario Alberto Beltrán Leyva • Carlos Beltrán Leyva • Héctor Beltrán Leyva • Edgar Valdez Villarreal •
Current leaders:
Héctor Beltrán Leyva • Mario Alberto Beltrán Leyva • Edgar Valdez Villarreal • Sergio Villarreal Barragán •

La Familia Cartel

Nazario Moreno González • Carlos Rosales Mendoza • José de Jesús Méndez Vargas • Julio César Godoy Toscano • Enrique Plancarte • Arnoldo Rueda Medina • Servando Gómez Martínez • Dionicio Loya Plancarte • Rafael Cedeño Hernández • Alberto Espinoza Barron •

Gulf Cartel(Armed wing: Los Zetas)

Juan Nepomuceno Guerra • Juan García Abrego • Arturo Guzmán Decena • Jesús Enrique Rejón Águila • Jaime González Durán • Heriberto Lazcano • Miguel Treviño Morales •
Current leaders:
Osiel Cárdenas Guillén • Antonio Ezequiel Cárdenas Guillén • Jorge Eduardo Costilla • Heriberto Lazcano • Miguel Treviño Morales •

Juárez Cartel

Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo • Rafael Aguilar Guajardo • Amado Carrillo Fuentes • Pablo Acosta Villarreal •
Current leaders:
Vicente Carrillo Fuentes • Juan José Esparragoza Moreno •

Sinaloa Cartel

Héctor Luis Palma Salazar • Joaquín Guzmán Loera • Adrián Gómez González •
Current leaders:
Joaquín Guzmán Loera • Ismael Zambada García • Ignacio Coronel Villarreal •

Tijuana Cartel

Ramón Arellano Félix • Benjamín Arellano Félix • Francisco Rafael Arellano Félix • Carlos Arellano Félix • Luis Fernando Arellano Félix • Eduardo Arellano Félix • Francisco Javier Arellano Félix •
Current leaders:
Luis Fernando Sánchez Arellano • Edgardo Leyva Escandon •

Sources: geo-mexico.com, borderlandbeat.com


Naked, mutilated bodies found in Mexico

The dismembered bodies of 17 men were found on Sunday on a farm in central Mexico, in an area disputed by violent drug cartels, officials said.

The bodies were dumped in the town of Tizapan el Alto by the border between Jalisco and Michoacan, said Jalisco state prosecutor Tomas Coronado Olmos. The bodies were discovered as Mexicans celebrated their Independence Day.

Coronado Olmos didn’t reveal the identities of the slain men but said the bodies were naked, mutilated and stacked with chains around their necks near the highway linking Guadalajara and Morelia. They had been killed elsewhere and dumped on the property.

“Our border regions with other states are vulnerable to this kind of action and the dumping of bodies,” the prosecutor said.

Authorities haven’t said who they think was behind the killings but the area is a cartel battleground and Mexico’s crime groups regularly leave behind such grisly remains as they battle for control of trafficking routes and markets..

Michoacan state is home to the Familia Michoacana and the Caballeros Templarios organised crime groups, and Jalisco has seen violence by the brutal Zetas and the Jalisco Nueva Generacion cartels.

Signs were put up last week in various Jalisco municipalities in which the Caballeros Templarios threatened the Zetas and Jalisco Nueva Generacion.

A shootout between local police and an armed convoy last Monday left two people dead and two injured in the same municipality near the border between Jalisco and Michoacan.

In May, authorities found 18 human heads and remains packed into two abandoned cars along the highway connecting Chalapa and Guadalajara, Jalisco.

On Friday in Tamaulipas, 16 bodies were found across the state just two days after the arrest there of one of the region’s top drug bosses, Gulf Cartel head Eduardo Costilla Sanchez. Nine of the bodies were found in Nuevo Laredo along the Texas border and seven were found in near the town of San Fernando, where 74 dead migrants were found in August, 2010.

More than 47 500 people have been killed in Mexican drug violence since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderon launched a military offensive against the cartels, according to the latest official figures. Some civil groups and activists say the figure is higher. – Sapa-AP


Drug War on Doorsteps All Over Ciudad Juárez

‘Murder Capital of the World,’ a Look at Ciudad Juárez.

Charlie Minn’s documentary “Murder Capital of the World” is a briskly paced, pessimistic examination of the drug war that has ravaged Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, since 2008. The statistics speak for themselves. The number of murders in this border city of over one million residents skyrocketed from 44 in 1990 to more than 3,000 in 2010, according to the film.

The total dipped a little in 2011 after the arrival of a tough new police chief, Julian Leyzaola, whose military tactics have made some headway, but his critics assert that he ignores human rights and uses torture to extract confessions. The crime wave is still so overwhelming that 95 percent of the murders in Juárez are not investigated.

Heartbreaking stories of families who have lost loved ones alternate with the voices of experts from academia, law enforcement and politics who give their views on the causes of the crisis. All seem to agree that widespread poverty and a lack of opportunity are at the root of it. A counterculture that glorifies gang leaders as role models has grown, even though a job working for a cartel is probably a death sentence.

As Charles Bowden, the author of “Murder City: Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields” and the most outspoken commentator, observes bitterly, “The poor bastards are being ground up by a society that doesn’t care about them since the day they were born.” Kidnappings, rampant extortion and drug-related murders have driven many small business out of the city.

Because much of the heavy weaponry wielded by the cartels comes from the United States, which is a major destination of the drugs passing through Juárez, American policy is sharply criticized.

Besides Mr. Bowden, who shares a despairing cynicism about Mexico’s future, the most outraged individual in the film is the Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, whose son was killed by drug traffickers. He is heard challenging President Felipe Calderón of Mexico to redirect his resources from fighting the cartels to strengthening the country’s youth and social services programs.


Murder Capital of the World

Opens on Friday in New York and Los Angeles.

Produced and directed by Charlie Minn; edited by Yota Matsuo and Aaron Michael Thomas; music by Kyle Hildenbrand; designed by Sal Lomedico. In Manhattan at the AMC Empire 25, 234 West 42nd Street. Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes. This film is not rated.

Source: http://movies.nytimes.com


Mexican drug cartel leader sent to prison in Colorado

DENVER (Reuters) – The leader of a Mexican Juarez drug cartel was sentenced on Friday to more than 22 years in prison by a federal judge in Colorado, who said the kingpin’s criminal enterprise sold $1 billion worth of cocaine in eight U.S. states.

Oscar Arriola, 43, was “a clear and present danger to this country and its citizens,” U.S. District Judge Robert Blackburn said.

The cartel distributed cocaine in 2002 and 2003 in New York, Illinois, Georgia and five other states from a storage center at a Colorado ranch, before an anonymous tip led to an investigation, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said.

Arriola and his brother, Miguel, were among 29 people indicted in 2003 in federal court in Denver. Oscar Arriola was arrested in Mexico in 2006 and extradited to the United States in 2010.

In 2010, Miguel Arriola was sentenced to 20 years in prison on drug trafficking charges involving the Arriola cartel’s smuggling of tons of cocaine from Mexico to the United States.

Oscar Arriola pleaded guilty last year to drug trafficking and money laundering crimes. He was one of the top 35 drug traffickers in the world in 2002, Drug Enforcement agent and lead investigator Paul Roach said.

A prison term of 22 1/2 years was justified, the judge said, because help Arriola provided to authorities while in U.S. custody was “more than offset by the lives ruined.”

Arriola apologized to the judge for the harm his cartel inflicted on U.S. residents.

Source: orlandosentinel.com


Juarez Cartel

The Juarez Cartel is responsible for smuggling tons of narcotics from Mexico into the U.S. throughout its long and turbulent history, and the group’s intense rivalry with the Sinaloa Cartel helped turn Juarez into one of the most violent places in the world. Despite recent news reports about its decline, the Juarez Cartel remains one of the most powerful criminal organizations in Mexico and the region. Small cells carry out different types of operations ranging from transportation and distribution of drugs; street gangs, mostly in the north, act as the enforcement wing and are involved in human trafficking and kidnapping operations.

The cartel maintains a firm foothold in Ciudad Juarez and the Valle de Juarez, which remains the key corridor for transporting illegal drugs into the United States. It still has some measure of control over the local and state police, as well as some politicians. It has turned to local gangs to be its enforcers, changing the dynamic in the area and increasing violent confrontation with its rivals. To push back its main rival, the Sinaloa Cartel, it has turned to its former rivals in the Beltran Leyva Organization and the Zetas. It has also sought more direct contact with the drug sources in Colombia, namely with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).


The Juarez Cartel is one of the oldest and most powerful criminal organizations in Mexico. Since its beginnings, the cartel has focused on drug trafficking, but has expanded into other criminal activities such as human trafficking, kidnapping, local drug distribution and extortion. Based in the city of Juarez in the state of Chihuahua, northern Mexico, the Juarez Cartel is also known as the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes Organization (VCFO), after its leader.

The origins of the Juarez Cartel go back to the 1980s, when the Ciudad Juarez area was under Rafael Aguilar Guajardo’s control. Aguilar Guajardo worked closely with the Guadalajara Cartel, and after the arrest of the cartel’s leader, Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, he was granted control of Juarez. Amidst mysterious circumstances, Aguilar Guajardo was killed in Cancun in 1993. His lieutenant, Amado Carrillo Fuentes, alias “El Señor de los Cielos,” quickly assumed control.

The organization grew exponentially under Carrillo Fuentes. More prone to negotiate than fight, Carrillo Fuentes reconstructed Felix Gallardo’s old network and more. Eventually, he controlled at least half of all Mexican trafficking and even extended his operations to Central America and into South America, including Chile and Argentina. Carrillo’s alias, “Lord of the Skies,” aptly described his method: using commercial and parcel traffic, the Juarez Cartel moved thousands of tons of Colombian cocaine into Mexico by air, then into the U.S. by land. Carrillo Fuentes furthered his reach by establishing his own distribution networks in the U.S. He died, abruptly, in 1997, while getting plastic surgery, leaving behind a well structured cartel but a void at the top.

Amado’s brothers, Vicente and Rodolfo, took over but a power struggle quickly ensued. After some infighting, the two brothers, and their nephew Vicente Carrillo Leyva, established a firm command. In 2002, they allied with Juan Jose Esparragoza Moreno, alias “El Azul,” a former member of the Mexican Federal Judicial Police; Ismael Zambada, alias “El Mayo;” the Beltran Leyva brothers; and Joaquin Guzman Loera, alias “El Chapo.” Authorities called them the “Federation,” but the partnership would not last. After Rodolfo killed two of Guzman’s associates for not paying him to use the Juarez corridor, Guzman gathered his allies and told them simply that Rodolfo, alias “El Niño de Oro,” had to die. Faced with a choice, Guzman’s partners chose him. Rodolfo was killed with his wife as they walked out of a movie theatre in September 2004. Guzman’s brother, Arturo, was killed just a few months later. The war was on, and Mexico still has not recovered.


Modus Operandi

The Juarez Cartel has a large and longstanding transportation, storage and security operation throughout the country. It counts on its ability to co-opt local and state law enforcement, especially the judicial or ministerial police (detectives) and the municipal forces. It has long collected a tax for letting groups use its “plaza,” or drug trafficking corridor, and relied on alliances to operate nationwide. But the new modus operandi in the country, that of using small, more sophisticated armies to control swaths of territory, has made it hard for this group to compete. While its two main gangs, La Linea and the Aztecas, are formidable, they have had difficulty keeping pace with their competitors that work for the Sinaloa Cartel. La Linea, which does the street-level enforcement, has been particularly hard hit. Ciudad Juarez saw a decline in murders in 2011, with homicides dropping to a two-year low in May, which some attribute to the diminishing power of La Linea. The enforcement arm, like other failing drug traffickers, may have made an alliance with the Zetas. However, some analysts have suggested that it is the Juarez Cartel which is in decline and La Linea which is ascendant.

The Juarez Cartel has also created the Linces, a group made up by approximately 80 deserters from the Army’s Special Forces, who are in charge of protecting cartel members and transporting drugs. Drug trafficking is carried out by establishing two main fronts on both sides of the frontier. La Linea and the Linces control transport to the U.S.-Mexican border and the other gang, the Aztecas, manages the U.S. side, with operations in El Paso, Dallas and Austin. In Mexico, the cartel operates in nearly 21 states and its main areas of influence include Sinaloa, Durango, Jalisco, Coahuila, Zacatecas, Michoacan, Colima, Nayarit, Oaxaca, Guerrero, Veracruz, Chiapas, Campeche, Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Puebla, Morelos and Mexico City.


Source: http://insightcrime.org

Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez

Drug boss’s 1,500 murders: Mexican cartel enforcer ‘El Diego’ sentenced to life in prison after he admits ordering killings

A Mexican drug boss has been sentenced to life in prison after he admitted ordering more than 1,500 killings.

Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez pleaded guilty in El Paso, Texas, to 11 charges, including conspiracy, racketeering and murder.

Judge Kathleen Cardone sentenced the 34-year-old to seven concurrent life terms, three additional consecutive life terms and 20 years in federal prison.

Hernandez was in charge of the armed enforcement wing of the Juarez Drug Cartel, which had formed an alliance with the Barrio Azteca drug gang that operated in Texas and Mexico, to control drug trafficking in Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua, prosecutors said in court papers.

Ciudad Juarez has served as a major route for smuggling narcotics into the United States.

He was captured in July last year in the northern Mexico city of Chihuahua.

Among the murders the indictment listed Hernandez, nicknamed ‘El Diego’, as participating in, included the March 2010 machine-gun killings of Leslie Ann Enriquez, a U.S. consulate employee in Juarez; her husband, Arthur Redelfs; and Alberto Salcido Ceniceros, the husband of another consulate employee.

The U.S. Consulate employee and her American husband were gunned down in broad daylight as they left an event sponsored by the consulate, across the border from El Paso, Texas, while Ceniceros was murdered at around the same time in another part of the city.

The three had left a children’s party on March 13 in two white sport utility vehicles that were pursued separately by gunmen and riddled with bullets.

In his plea agreement Hernandez also confessed to ordering his men to kill members of a rival gang at a January 2010 birthday party in Ciudad Juarez that killed 16 and to directing a car bombing that killed four, including two Mexican police officers.

The agreement also read ‘the defendant directed or participated in over 1,500 murders since 2008.’

In a prepared statement Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer said: ‘As the leader of La Linea’s enforcement wing, Mr. Acosta-Hernandez directed a reign of terror.

‘Today’s guilty plea and sentence are a significant step in our effort to bring to justice those responsible for the consulate murders.

At the time Mexican President Felipe Calderon said through his Twitter account Hernandez’s capture in August last year was ‘the biggest blow’ to organised crime in the city since he sent in around 5,000 officers in April 2010 to try and curb violence.

He was caught in the northern city of Chihuahua along with his bodyguard and was extradited to the U.S.

Violence between warring drug gangs as well as with Mexican authorities has plagued the country for years with more than 50,000 people killed since late 2006.


Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk