El Chapo’s £13bn drug empire will be wiped out by a ‘hyper-violent’ Mexican cartel in a bloody civil war


EL CHAPO’S £13bn drug empire will soon be wiped out by a ‘hyper-violent’ Mexican cartel in a bloody civil war, it’s reported.

Joaquin Guzman, 62, was jailed for life earlier this month for trafficking tonnes of heroin, cocaine and marijuana while leading the Mexican Sinaloa cartel.

 Joaquin Guzman, 62, was jailed for life earlier this month

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Joaquin Guzman, 62, was jailed for life earlier this month
 Members claiming to be from CJNG released shocking footage of a rival gangster being interrogated and then slaughtered

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Members claiming to be from CJNG released shocking footage of a rival gangster being interrogated and then slaughteredCredit: Central European News

Now it’s predicted rival gangs could target the cartel’s territory in north-west Mexico, reports the Daily Star Online.

Gladys McCormick, a professor at Syracuse University and expert on Mexico’s political violence, told the publication there was another “up and coming” gang in Sinaloa.

RIVAL GANGS

She said: “They’re called La Gente Nueva – the new people – and they’re one of the cells that are really making inroads in terms of their leadership structures.”They are now making a play for both Sinaloa and Baja California.“They broke off from the enforcement branch of the Sinaloa Cartel.“In some ways, I see them modelling themselves on Los Zetas, who are just hype violent and make hyper displays of violence.

“They’re making major inroads in terms of full on war.”

The new group is led by Nemesio ‘El Mencho’ Oseguera Cervantes, who is a former ally of El Chapo.

His cronies have targeted members of the public, soldiers and police officers.

They’re making major inroads in terms of full on war

Gladys McCormick

Los Zetas – one of Mexico’s most savage cartels – often carry out, beheadings, torture, and indiscriminate murder.

Professor McCormick said there is also a lot of infighting going on with the Jalisco Generation Cartel (CJNG).

Led by Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, aka El Mencho, the CJNG are currently fighting a number of rival cartels with their main rivals for control of Guadalajara, La Nueva Plaza.

Last week, it was reported that members claiming to be from CJNG released shocking footage of a rival gangster being interrogated and then slaughtered.

 Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman escorted by authorities after his detention in Mexico City in May 2016

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Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman escorted by authorities after his detention in Mexico City in May 2016Credit: EPA
 Mexico's cartel, the CJNG

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Mexico’s cartel, the CJNG

McCormick said:“There’s also a huge amount of infighting going on with the Jalisco Generation Cartel, which broke off from the Sinaloa cartel after El Chapo’s arrest in 2014. They are very violent.

“They’ve already essentially taken control of the state of Jalisco, which includes Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta.”

El Chapo became the country’s top drug lord in 2003 after the arrest of his rival Osiel Cardenas of the Gulf Cartel.

He was considered the “most powerful drug trafficker in the world” by the US Department of the Treasury.

CIVIL WAR

According to the US Office of Public Affairs, Guzman was a “principal leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, a Mexico-based international drug trafficking organisation responsible for importing and distributing more than a million kilograms of cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine and heroin in the US.”

Guzman earned the nickname “El Rapido” for for how quickly he transported drugs from Mexico to America for the Colombian cartels.

He enforced his will and maintained control of his drug empire through an army of lethal bodyguards and a sophisticated communications network.

The cartel transported narcotics into the US by fishing boats, submarines, carbon fibre airplanes, trains with secret compartments and even transnational underground tunnels.

Once the narcotics were in America, they were sold to wholesale distributors in New York, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, Arizona, Los Angeles and elsewhere.

Guzman then used various methods to launder billions of dollars of drug proceeds, including bulk cash smuggling from the US to Mexico, US-based insurance companies, re-loadable debit cards and numerous shell companies, including a juice company and a fish flour company.

He and his organisation relied on a vast network of corrupt government officials and employees to protect and further the interests of the Sinaloa Cartel.

They included local law enforcement officers, prison guards, high-ranking members of the armed forces and elected office holders.

In exchange, the Cartel paid these individuals millions of dollars in bribes.


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