- El Chapo’s sons are fighting with close allies.
- This indicates a split within the Sinaloa Cartel.
- They have also launched a campaign against Caro Quintero’s gang.
At least ten men have been killed in the state of Sonora following clashes between factions of the Sinaloa Cartel. One side is led by Joaquin ‘El Chapo Guzman’s sons, and the other by fugitive drug lord Caro Quintero. He has been running from the law since his unexpected release from prison in 2013 on a technicality.
Quintero is currently active in the drugs trade, an allegation that he has repeatedly denied. He is said to lead a drug trafficking organization whose men were killed in the recent clash in Sonora. The dominance campaign was unleashed by the Los Salazar criminal group in Caborca. It is aligned to El Chapo’s sons, who were recently rumored to have an accord with Quintero’s gang.
It is not clear why the sons chose to rally against him in this instance, but there has been a lot of infighting lately between the Los Chapitos faction of the Sinaloa Cartel and other traditionally allied groups. There is little public information about the fallout.
The sons are said to be hiding out in the mountains of Durango. The undulating terrain and vegetative cover make it hard for the authorities to find and capture them without any forewarnings by their lookouts.
Los Chapitos Fighting El Mayo
The Los Chapitos have been going against close allies in recent weeks. Just a few days ago, sixteen heavily armed men were found dead following a deadly six-hour shootout between their men and those taking orders from Sinaloa Cartel leader, Ismael Zambada García, also known as El Mayo. The clash occurred in Tepuche, a small town in the state of Sinaloa.
The incident indicates a deep split within the Sinaloa Cartel, one of Mexico’s most powerful criminal organizations. There have been several shootouts between the rival groups since May. High caliber weapons, grenade launchers, and over a dozen vehicles have been confiscated by the authorities in the aftermath of the clashes.
El Mayo maintains major narco-trafficking corridors in Sonora and Baja California and currently has a $5 million bounty on his head offered by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). He is the last remaining old-school capo in the Sinaloa Cartel, and has been instrumental in negotiations involving Mexican drug cartels, and sometimes the military.
He was involved in inter-cartel negotiations in 2016 after the kidnapping of one of El Chapo’s sons, Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar. Alfredo and a few of his men were kidnapped by CJNG hitmen while partying at the La Leche restaurant in Puerto Vallarta.
The incident occurred just after the extradition of their father to the United States. Although he was released a few days later, some reports indicated that he was used as a bargaining chip and forced to relinquish prized drug trafficking routes in exchange for his freedom.