Who’s who on the drug trafficking map in Mexico: these cartels dominate in 2021

Who’s who on the drug trafficking map in Mexico: these cartels dominate in 2021
Who’s who on the drug trafficking map in Mexico: these cartels dominate in 2021

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There are few corners of the country that escape the terror of the cartels. According to a map drawn up by the security cabinet, 16 criminal organizations make up the geography of drug trafficking in Mexico.

In this document, the Mexican government considers the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation cartels as the ones with the greatest impact. Regarding the first group – which is known to be the oldest clan established in Mexico – the authorities identified a clear and important presence in the entities of Sonora, Sinaloa, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Durango and Coahuila.

For the governments of Mexico and the United States, the Sinaloa Cartel was never annihilated (not remotely) with the capture and extradition of Joaquin the Chapo Guzman; only one era ended, but the organization continued to be the most powerful in Mexico.

The situation of their leader, Ishmael the Mayo Zambada, who is more than 70 years old, has motivated a generational transition for the future succession.

The security cabinet considers the same level of importance to Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), which maintains its operations mainly in the states of Jalisco, Nayarit, Colima, Michoacán, Guanajuato, State of Mexico, Guerrero and Veracruz.

The CJNG has specialized, above all, in the trafficking of synthetic drugs, such as fentanyl, which it produces with precursors it receives in the ports of Colima and Michoacán, which would explain the violent war that is being experienced in those regions.

Recently, the Jalisco Cartel has been launched for the control of Zacatecas, which has triggered violence after the conflict with the Sinaloa Cartel.

At least 16 criminal groups would make up the geography of Mexico (Map: Infobae México)
At least 16 criminal groups would make up the geography of Mexico (Map: Infobae México)

The influence of Gulf Cartel it has spread to the states of Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, and San Luis Potosí, where its prevalence is dominant. It also maintains partial control of the entities of Nuevo León, Tamaulipas, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Quintana Roo and Veracruz.

The Gulf Cartel – which for a long time dominated the small border – has been fragmented into various splits, which has given rise to inexplicable violence, take for example the massacre of 15 civilians, on June 19. This criminal organization, warns the security cabinet, continues to traffic a variety of drugs, and maintains a dispute with the Northeast Cartel Y The Zetas.

Of the cartel of the Beltran Leyva a weakening is observed, despite this, it continues to operate in Sinaloa, Sonora, Nayarit, Nuevo León, State of Mexico, Morelos, Querétaro, Oaxaca and Chiapas.

Regarding the groups of Michoacan, Like the Knights Templar and the Michoacan families, are still active in the Midwest state, Guerrero and the Mexico state.

For his part, Juarez Cartel maintains the domain of Chihuahua and its border with the United States; and the Cartel of the Arellano Félix It has a presence on the Baja California border, although in dispute with the Sinaloa Cartel.

The Union Tepito and the Tláhuac Cartel they operate in the Valley of Mexico; Warriors united Y the Reds are concentrated in Guerrero and Viagras in Michoacan.

Finally he points to the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, that until the arrest of its founder, José Antonio Yépez Ortiz, the Marro, by August 2020, had become one of the most feared and fast-growing groups in Guanajuato.

Mexico is experiencing its most violent stage, despite this the president Andrés Manuel López Obrador He has affirmed that the nation is governable and that during his tenure no new criminal groups have been created.


This is how the drug trafficking map in Mexico remained after the 2021 elections

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