La Familia-Zetas-Sinaloa-Juarez-Jalisco* (CARTELS-2a)
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------- GANGS BY NAME - Names and Attributes of a Select Few (not a comprehensive list) Aztecas El Paso Times 2018/08/22 Juarez violence fears New Mexico cartel war coming murders increase https //www elpasotimes com/story/news/2018/08/22/juarez-violence-fears-new-mexico-cartel-war-coming- murders-increase/1060840002/ Excerpt: Howard Campbell, an anthropology professor at the University of Texas at El Paso whose research focuses on the U.S-Mexico border, sees the current wave as unique because most of the violence is concentrated in downtown Ciudad Juárez. “What’s different about this is it’s just over and over and over again that people are getting murdered in these areas where the Aztecas live, which is right in the heart of the downtown area,” he said. “So a lot of these killings have been in broad daylight.” The Barrio Aztecas in Juárez are affiliated with Aztecas in El Paso, but Campbell said the Juárez Aztecas operate independently. And while the organization was once aligned with the Juárez Cartel, it has since split and is fighting to keep a foothold in the city. Campbell said the end could come when one gang ousts the other, but what he seesas perplexing in this situation is that it's the hometown gang that's being squeezed out. Fight for methamphetamine market: There is the added element of the prevalence of methamphetamine dealers trying to find a niche in the Juárez market. While cocaine, pot and heroin have historically been the illicit goods of choice for street peddlers, methamphetamine has been making its way into the traditional markets largely because of the increased presence of another major cartel: the Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación. “[The Aztecas] see meth as a threat to their business, and it’s only recently that meth has made an appearance in Juárez,” Campbell said. “The influx of meth and the people that sell it are contributing to this conflict. And the Jalisco people are the biggest meth producers and meth controllers, so they have a lot to do with this.” https //www elpasotimes com/story/news/2018/08/22/juarez-violence-fears-new-mexico-cartel-war-coming- murders-increase/1060840002/ New York Post 2019/05/05 Cartels thrive in New Mexico county after feds shut down checkpoints Excerpt: Otero County, NM, Board of Commissioners chair Couy Griffin fears terrorists will exploit shuttered checkpoints 90 miles from the border. “It’s a green light for the cartels when border checkpoints are down,” Otero County Sheriff David Black, 56, told The Post. “Are cartels capitalizing on the confusion at the border? Yes, they are!” Williamson told The Post. “They are using it as a cover to move drugs, which are coming through legal ports of entry. If your drugs are coming through legal ports of entry, you need lines of defense.”Williamson said his team recently seized 44 pounds of fentanyl — “enough to wipe out all of New Mexico, Texas and the entire state of Chihuahua.” Most of the drugs are being trafficked by a gang known as Barrio Aztecas, the enforcement arm of the Juarez Cartel, according to the agent. “They are an incredibly violent gang,” he said, adding that they number between 2,000 and 2,200 members. An additional 500 to 1,000 Barrio Aztecas are in prison, he said. For Couy Griffin, chairman of Otero County’s Board of Commissioners, who spearheaded the move to declare a state of emergency last month, the situation is dire. In addition to drug traffickers and migrants, Griffin fears that terrorists may begin taking advantage of the abandoned checkpoints to sneak into the rest of the country. Beltran-Leyva Organization Finance dot yahoo from Monkey Insider News 2020/09/15 13 US Cities That Are Crowded By Mexican Drug Cartels Insider Monkey Staff Beltran-Leyva Organization (BLO) is the third most significant Mexican drug cartel in the United States, followed by Juarez Cartel, Gulf Cartel, and Los Zetas Cartel…BLO activities remain more dispersed throughout the United States, with heavier concentrations in areas with large heroin markets," said the DEA. Jalisco The Daily Beast 2016/03/26 Fighting Mexico’s new super cartel Juárez Cartel ABC 15 dot com 2019/11/06 Map cartel influences across the US and Mexico. By Courtland Jeffrey -united-states-and-mexico Officials are investigating activity tied to the Juarez and Sinaloa cartels, which are both active in the area where the Monday attack occurred, just 90 miles south of Douglas, Ariz. The killers were reportedly believed to be from the Juarez cartel's armed wing, "La Linea." According to federal data, both the Juarez and Sinaloa cartels have active presences in the U.S. and parts of Mexico. Recent data obtained from the DEA and Stratfor Global Intelligence and the Federation of American Scientists shows the Sinaloa cartel with a dominant regional presence in nearly every U.S. state, including Arizona. The Juarez cartel is dominant in New Mexico, while Texas has presences from the Sinaloa, Gulf, and Juarez cartels. https // -united-states-and-mexico La Familia Excerpt: La Familia Michoacana, (English: The Michoacán Family) La Familia (English: The Family), or LFM is a Mexican drug cartel and a organized crime syndicate based in the Mexican state of Michoacán. Formerly allied to the Gulf Cartel—as part of Los Zetas —it split off in 2006. The cartel was founded by Carlos Rosales Mendoza a close associate of Osiel Cárdenas. Excerpt: La Familia Michoacana Cartel La Familia Michoacana Logo La Familia Michoacana, (English: The Michoacán Family) La Familia (English: The Family), or LFM was a Mexican drug cartel and an organized crime syndicate based in the Mexican state of Michoacán. Formerly allied to The Gulf Cartel as part of The Los Zetas Organization it split off on 2006. The cartel's first leader, Nazario Moreno González, known as El Más Loco (English: The Craziest One), preached his organization's divine right to eliminate enemies. He carried a "bible" of his own sayings and insisted that his army of traffickers and hitmen avoid using the narcotics they sell. Nazario Moreno's partners were José de Jesús Méndez Vargas, Servando Gómez Martínez and Enrique Plancarte Solís, each of whom has a bounty of $2 million for his capture, and were contesting the control of the organization La Linea Fox News 2019/11/06 Mexican cartel massacre: Grisly crime scene photos show blood-stained car seat, bullet-ridden windshield. By Stephen Sorace. Linea likely part of Juarez that killed mother and four children, including burning The killers were apparently members of the Juarez drug cartel and its armed wing, La Linea — "The Line" — whose gunmen had entered Sinaloa cartel territory and set up an armed outpost on a hilltop and an ambush further up the road, The Associated Press reported. Insight Crime 2010 Juárez Cartel Excerpt: he Juárez Cartel is responsible for smuggling tons of narcotics from Mexico into the United States 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. History: The Juárez 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 Juárez in the state of Chihuahua, northern Mexico, the Juárez Cartel is also known as the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes Organization (VCFO), after its leader. La Sante Muerte Huffington Post 7 things to know about La Santa Muerte MS-13 Gangs MSN 13 officials detail best ways to combat the violent gang gang/ar-AApjepI?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp New Mexican Mafia of Arizona (Not US state of New Mexico in the name; also see another type of prison gang - SNM of New Mexico) Corrections dot az Sinaloa 2023 GJ Grand Junction Sentinel 2023/01/23 Mexico's former safety chief goes on trial in US drug case. Jennifer Peltz An anonymous jury has gotten its first look at a rare U.S. trial of a former cabinet-level Mexican official charged with taking bribes to aid drug traffickers he was supposed to be neutralizing By JENNIFER PELTZ - Associated Press 18 hrs ago case/article_13ed31b2-711a-5197-80d1-97a03412ed3f.html Business Insider 2012 Fast and Furious Guns Sinaloa Cartel Huffington Post Zetas Comment: although Insight Crime suggests the Zetas are in decline, we need to learn from some of their elite armed forces background and other approaches and strategies in terms of looking for signs that other cartels are using these things as well. Also Insight Crime and others inform us that the Zetas have had widespread influence in neighboring countries along with the Sinaloas. As such, it is possible there has been a cultural influence along Zeta lines even if the main thrust of the organization if largely over. Excerpt: For Zetas, Guatemala is the New Mexico. Just as in Mexico they have taken over a large portion of territory, having conquered to date 75 percent of all Guatemalan trafficking routes, according to an estimate by the DEA’s Mexico office. Every year, they move 250 to 300 tons of cocaine along those routes. Insight Crime: Zetas Excerpt: Beginning as a group of deserters from an elite unit of the armed forces at the service of the Gulf Cartel, the Zetas would go on to become one of the most powerful and feared cartels in Mexico before infighting and the loss of leaders started the organization’s decline. The Zetas started out as an enforcer gang for the Gulf Cartel predominantly made up of former soldiers with specialized training. Their military background and unbridled ferocity proved an underworld game changer, with the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) describing them as perhaps “the most technologically advanced, sophisticated and violent of these paramilitary enforcement groups.” The Zetas broke away from the Gulf Cartel in the mid-2000s to become its own group, and launched an offensive that would see them expand throughout Mexico and Guatemala. The group employed a new model of organized crime, based on violently seizing and holding territory, using fear rather than corruption as a first resort. However, after rising to the point where they could compete with the mighty Sinaloa Cartel, the Zetas are now a fragmented force, held together by little more than a name and increasingly dependent on local criminal revenues rather than the transnational flow of … Consider Reading Insight Crime, Latin American cartels, some American material- Robert J. Bunker (also seen in No to Sacrifices in Human Issues section on this website) expert on terrorism and cult behavior in cartels Sylvia Longmire: Cartel: The Coming Invasion of Mexico's Drug Wars (2011) Ioan Grillo The Bloody Rise of Mexican Drug Cartels (2017) George W. Grayson - The Los Zetas Drug Cartel - Sadism as an Instrument of Cartel Warfare in Mexico and Central America (2015) Police Mag article on Criminal Gangs and the Occult: gangs-and-the-occult.aspx Retail Organized Crime Alb Jrnl (2017) Retailers face new threat: Organized crime. BY LORRAINE MIRABELLA / THE BALTIMORE SUN Organized theft has surpassed internal theft to become the leading cause of retail loss, said Robert Moraca, vice president of loss prevention for the National Retail Federation. Analysts say the increase has been fueled by the opioid epidemic and by the growing understanding among criminals that theft can be quick, easy and profitable. In a well choreographed assault, Moraca says, thieves can clear shelves of thousands of dollars’ worth of goods in minutes. “And that’s happening in multiples,” he says. “It’s not just a group that gets together and wants to steal. These are groups that already exist for criminal purposes,” such as drug trafficking and human trafficking. “These are hardened criminals, and they get into organized retail crime because it’s extremely profitable.”… “The individuals who are doing the shoplifting have become extremely dangerous, much more than anyone would think of a petty shoplifter doing,” spokesman Stephen Holmes says. He says assaults on security guards and asset protection personnel have become common. “It can be the slightest thing that triggers that act of violence,” he says. “I just don’t think the average person realizes what’s going on.” Updates: 2022/05/27; 2020/06/02 more additions and reorganization/shuffling; pages 1-5 were incorporated into Cartels/Gangs section; 2020/06/01 brief def of gang added to start here; Smuggling Tunnels section added; 2020/05/03 added Time/Opioid Crisis, Project Python-2020 as well as video of Coast Guard/Narcoterror-2019 to START HERE; 2019/12/20added the gomez/marine/chicago-new york/puerto rico-dominican republic drug thing in Alaska-Puerto Rico section; 2019/10/26-27 La Familia added; Puerto Rico added. 2019/07/22 SNM section added with Justice dot com-2015/12/04 article on it added; some overall editing, organizational changes incl. moving search and seizure to its own page. 2019/06/14 cartel section moved from River GOLD ( to Police Factor. 2019/01/01 Org. 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