Mexico’s murder rate spiked during the month of March, even as the country went into lockdown to overcome the spread of coronavirus. This is according to the latest figures provided by the government. The report indicates that the homicide rate jumped by 8.46 percent as compared to the month of February.
The Jalisco New Generation Cartel and the Sinaloa Cartel are locked in a feud over territory in Chihuahua and Sonora. The most recent clash led to the death of 19 cartel members. Reports indicate that members of the Gente Nueva cartel, which is backed by the Sinaloa Cartel, were ambushed earlier this month by elements of the La Linea crime gang that is supported by the CJNG.
The coronavirus epidemic is affecting the global economy in the most serious of ways, and the Mexican government is scrambling to contain its spread. Even though the country has yet to implement a full lockdown, the coronavirus epidemic is taking its toll on the economy. Mexican drug trafficking syndicates have not been spared either. Just like legitimate businesses, they are beginning to feel the pinch.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has declared all-out war against the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, headed by drug lord Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, also known as ‘El Mencho.” The agency has, in the past month, made a concerted effort to tear down its structure in the United States.
Over 600 members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) have been arrested. The operation, dubbed Project Python, took over six months of intelligence gathering and covered over 10 U.S. states. Law enforcement agencies were able to obtain 100 search warrants for 250 targets allowing them to begin the raids. Over 600 kilograms of drugs were seized during the operation.
The fentanyl drug scourge has taken the United States by storm. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that in 2018, close to 70,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States, an average of more than 180 per day. Over 50 percent of the deaths were attributed to fentanyl use.
Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán is now a silent observer of the security crisis that he helped create in Mexico and his only connection to the outside world is a television at a maximum-security prison in Florence, Colorado. The former Sinaloa cartel boss now spends his time watching television and reviewing documents related to his complicated appeal process.
Mexican drug gangs are expanding their operations in the U.S. by leaps and bounds. This is according to the latest Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) report. Despite the best efforts by the government, the criminal enterprises are growing by establishing alliances with international gangs, drug distribution groups inside prisons, as well as Asian organizations dedicated to money laundering.
The Sinaloa cartel is still the leading supplier of narcotics into the United States. This is despite the arrest of kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman. This is according to the DEA. The internal power struggles and the violence associated with drug trafficking have continued unabated, but the Sinaloa Cartel has remained unfazed. This is according to DEA’s 2019 National Drug Threat Assessment report.
Fallen Sinaloa Cartel drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman most likely had an agreement with Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, his partner in the organization, on the position of his sons in the event that he was incarcerated. This is according to Duncan Wood, the Director of the Wilson Centre’s Mexico Institute.
The CJNG Cartel, led by Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, aka “El Mencho,” is growing its presence in rural America. According to Edward Follis, a former Drug Enforcement Administration agent, the ruthless drug trafficking network is now infiltrating smaller towns.