Power Vacuum Divides Mexican Sinaloa Cartel, Once The World’s Most Powerful

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - May 4, 2017, 4:05 pm
Power Vacuum Divides Mexican Sinaloa Cartel
After the capture of new leader Damaso Lopez Nuñez (also known as El Licenciado), Sinaloa Cartel’s fragmentation has become evident. It also means the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel is possibly the most powerful organization for trafficking guns.(Flipboard)

EspañolA war between Aureliano Guzman and El Chapo Guzman’s children has split up the the Sinaloa Cartel’s operations after 27 years of operations as the most powerful drug trafficking organization in the world.

After the capture of new leader Damaso Lopez Nuñez (also known as El Licenciado), Sinaloa Cartel’s fragmentation became obvious. It also means the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel is possibly the most powerful criminal organization.

The internal battle began with the recapture of the organization’s former leader, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in January 2016 and escalated further this January when he was extradited.

Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, founder of the Sinaloa Cartel, supported El Chapo’s sons Ivan Archivaldo Guzman and Alfredo Guzman Salazar, who were resisting their uncle “Guano” Guzman’s attacks. The drug lord’s children were considered the Sinaloa Cartel’s heirs; however, their uncle made a claim to leadership of the organization.


Damaso Lopez Nuñez, who was arrested on Tuesday, assisted his son Damaso Lopez Serrano “El Mini Lic” in attempts to gain control of the Sinaloa Cartel.

The Damaso subgroup is known for its logistical and operational expertise, as well as its firepower, all of which was used during an ambush allegedly executed against El Chapo’s children when they were going to a meeting with “El Mayo” Zambada.

The Gulf Cartel, Los Zetas, La Familia Michoacana, Tijuana Cartel, Juarez, as well as by the Knights Templar and Los Beltran Leyva have all supported the Damaso group, which is why the Sinaloa Cartel took power and started to recover control over areas such as Coahuila, Chihuahua, Baja California, Sonora, Jalisco, Nayarit, Colima, Durango and Sinaloa.

Though three subgroups have been identified in the power struggle for control over the Sinaloa Cartel, it’s unclear what importance these four members have. They fled last March from the Aguaruto Penitentiary Center in Culiacán, Sinaloa and have all been linked to “El Mayo” Zambada.

Source: El Universal

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Colombia: Dissident FARC Guerrillas Kidnap UN Delegate Despite Peace Agreement

By: Felipe Fernández - @Ffernandezp - May 4, 2017, 2:36 pm

EspañolA group of FARC dissidents kidnapped a United Nations delegate this week. The official, whose name has still not been released, was captured in Miraflores, Guaviare, which is located in the country's southern Amazon region. On Wednesday, the delegate was kidnapped by dissidents of the FARC First Front, a group led by Ivan Mordisco, that publicized its disapproval of the Santos-FARC peace deal. Local authorities confirmed the kidnapping of the United Nations delegate near the village of Barranquillita in the municipality of Miraflores. A UN mission in Colombia was accompanying a group planning to replace illicit crops in that area.   The kidnap reportedly occurred when the commission attempted to move back to the urban area of Miraflores. They were denied access by dissidents from the guerrilla group. Uruguay Ambassador and President of the United Nations Security Council Elbio Rosselli condemned the event. "These are serious events, they are not innocent," he said. "It did not happen without reason. There is an intention behind that cowardly act." Read More: Colombia Military, Police Officers Launch Party with Eyes on 2018 Election Read More: Uribe’s Party Seeks Alliance with Conservatives for 2018 Election One of the aggravating factors for officials is that the kidnapping coincides with Colombia's arrival as a member of the UN Security Council, which is currently seeking to verify the conditions, progress and implementation of the peace process in the country. FARC dissents are becoming uncontrollable for the country's authorities, some have reported, as at least three groups of dissidents have been verified so far. Southern Colombia has become attractive to these groups due to the activity of drug trafficking and extortion previously developed by other guerrilla groups. An official statement by the UN ruling on the issue is expected within the next few hours. Source: El País, El Espectador 

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