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Life Inside Of The Mexican Cartel

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Life Inside of the Mexican Cartel
Christian Thomasson
American Public University System

Life Inside of the Mexican Cartel

The Mexican Drug War has been an ongoing armed conflict that is taking place among
cartels that are feuding with one another for control of a specific region or regions. With the
Mexican government seeking ways to combat the drug trafficking, more violence and rage is
erupting among these groups who continue to fight for turf. Although United States military
forces have attempted to intervene, new technology and communication devices gives these
groups an edge on law enforcement. They are now able to communicate with their ...view middle of the document...

The various families who followed Aviles began to branch into
more potent drugs such as cocaine, they began trafficking in Colombia and Central America.
They then moved their operations to Guadalajara in the state of Jalisco, there were various
leaders but the one that sticks out the most is Honduran Juan Ramon Matta Ballesteros. Matta
Ballesteros lived in Columbia part time and was able to gain allies in Colombia’s Medellin
Cartel; Medellin also operated as the main intermediary between Mexican and Colombian
drug traffickers. The Medellin and Guadalajara Cartels established the patterns that we see
repeated today, movement of bulk shipment of cocaine via airplane and boat to Central
America and Mexico (McDermott et. al, 2011). They move the drugs by land route in the
United States as well.
The boldness of the Mexican trafficker became evident when they murdered
undercover Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena in 1985 (McDermott et.
al, 2011). The death of Camarena marked the end of the Guadalajara Cartel, the leaders of the
Cartel fled due to United States pressuring the Mexican Authorities to act. Those few that
remained set up forces in Tijuana, and began feuding with other forces that remained in
Sinaloa. Among those that remained in the Sinaloa were Guzman and his partner Hector
Luis Palma Salazar, in late 1992 Guzman sent 40 gunmen to raid a Tijuana Cartel party
in Puerto Vallarta; they killed nine people. The Tijuana Cartel responded by attempting to
kill Guzman at an airport in Guadalajara in the early 1930’s, he fled and was later arrested
by authorities in Guatemala. His partner Salazar was later arrested in 1995. Guzman
maintained control from prison by passing messages to the others through his lawyers,
in 2001 he escaped when he got word that he may be getting extradited to the United
States to be brought up on charges. He resumed full control of the organization and continued to
elude capture. Currently, the Sinaloa organization maintains a presence in 17 states with
important centers in Mexico City; Tepic, Nayarit; Toluca and Guautitlan, Mexico State; Mexicali
Baja California and most of the state of Sinaloa (Vinson, 2009).

Modus Operandi

The Sinaloa Cartel seems to have mirrored Colombia’s Cali cartel with the
establishment of their strong connections to economic and political elite in Mexico. The National
Action Party (PAN) is known as their strongest contact yet, their growth in the last decade can
be attributed to it. The PAN’s Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderon have launched numerous
offensives against trafficking organizations, and Benjamin Arellano Felix, head of the Tijuana
Cartel (McDermott et. al, 2011). PAN is so deeply rooted in support of Sinaloa that the
Mexican Justice officials were forced to issue a press release denying it, but most of the locals
did not buy it for one second. Guzman’s escape caused business to boom in the Sinaloa

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