The latest map about the drug-trafficking drafted by the Attorney’s General Office of Mexico (PGR) places the States of Sinaloa, Chihuahua, Durango, Guerrero, Coahuila and Baja California as areas of influence of the Cartel del Pacífico (Pacific Cartel). The State of Mexico, the entity where the jailbreak of Chapo Guzmán happened is under dispute between the Caballeros Templarios Organization and the Familia Michoacana. Dated on the 23rd of April 2015 the report reveals that the criminal group –to which the drug-trafficker could have returned- is being conformed by other eight criminal cells. In total the Attorney’s General Office (PGR) identifies that 52 cartels, cells and gangs operate in Mexico. An increase of the criminal violence is foreseeable because of the jailbreak of the most wanted drug lord of the United States of America.
The Chapo Cartel
The 52 organizations of drug-traffickingIn Mexico operate nine big drug cartels, of which 43 organizations depend on, classified by the PGR as cells and gangs, as refers a report of the institution dated on the 23rd April 2015.The report made public by the Transparency and Public Information Access Act, reveals that the map of criminality has been modified, with regards of what Contralínea revealed in June 2013 (Issue No. 337).According to the PGR the nine major cartels are, the Pacific (or Sinaloa) Cartel, the Gulf Cartel, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, the Arellano Felix Cartel, the Familia Michoacana, the Carrillo Fuentes Cartel, the Beltrán Leyva Cartel, the Zetas and the Caballeros Templarios.Among them the Gulf Cartel stands out in the report of 2013 as it being considered by the authorities as extinct, as it accounts with the major number of cells, 12 in total.Nevertheless the number of allies does not affect the zones of influence, as 11 of the operate in the State of Tamaulipas (the Metros, the Rojos, the Lacoste Group, the Dragon Group, the Bravo Group,the Pumas Group, the Support Group Ceros M3, the Fresitas, the Sierra, the Pantera and Ciclones), and the twelfth (the Pelones), in the State of Quintana Roo.By numbers of satellite organizations follow the Zetas, with nine organizations: in Coahuila and Nuevo Leon, Sangre Zeta; in Tamaulipas, Operative Group Zetas, the Zetas Commando, El Círculo and El Extranjero, Zetas Unity, Néctar Lima, Delta Zeta Group; in Guanajuato, the Negros; and in Tabasco, Quintana Roo and Tamaulipas, the Zetas Special Forces.The Sinaloa Cartel, with its eight cells is in the third place, followed by the Beltrán Leyva Cartel with seven: in Sinaloa and Southern Baja California,the Mazatlecos; in Sonora, the 2 thousand; in Guerrero, the Granados, the Rojos, the Ardillos and the Independent Cartel of Acapulco; and in Aguascalientes and Baja California, the Office.Under the command of the Arellano Felix Clan are El Chan, El Jorquera and El Kieto, all of them operating in Baja California. The Familia Michoacana counts on the Guerreros Unidos (in Morelos, Guerrero and the State of Mexico) and La Empresa (in the State of Mexico and Morelos).Referring to the Carrillo Fuentes Cartel it is said to be leading the Línea and the Azteca gangs, whose area of influence is in Chihuahua. And concerning the Jalisco New Generation Cartel and the Caballeros Templarios, the PGR indicates that they have neither cells nor gangs.To the former it is said that its plazas are in Jalisco, Colima, Michoacán, Guanajuato, Nayarit, Guerrero, Morelos, Veracruz and the Federal District, meanwhile the Caballeros Templarios hold Michoacán, Guerrero, Guanajuato, Morelos, Estado de México, Jalisco, Colima, Querétaro and Baja California.According to an article in the newspaper El Universal (Zorayda Gallegos, June 28), half of the cells have disappeared in the time being of the current administration. The data of the PGR indicates that these were 37 of the 80 Satellite Organizations.(Translated by: Axel Plasa)
Contralínea 446 / del 20 al 26 de Julio 2015