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The battle for control of the Sinaloa Cartel gets complicated: “El Mayo” broke with “Los Chapitos”
The disputes between both sides have been happening, at least, since last April.
The failed operation to arrest Ovidio Guzmán López, son of drug trafficker Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, on October 17, in Culiacán, Sinaloa generated a break inside the Sinaloa Cartel, whose main head for Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada.
According to the weekly Rio de Janeiro Sinaloense after the so-called “Culiacanzo” there was a break between “El Mayo” with Iván and Alfredo Guzmán Salazar.
He explained that on that Thursday, when Ovid was already detained in the hands of the military ministerial police and elements of the National Guard, “Los Chapitos” asked for help from the forces of “El Mayo” Zambada but they did not support them.
This fact caused a more rapid deterioration in the relationships within the Sinaloa Cartel.
Ovidio and Iván Archivaldo
Another reason for the dispute between both sides, is that, according to sources consulted by RioDoce which were not identified, said that the commandos of “Los Chapitos” are looking for a “Mayo” operator nicknamed “El Ruso.”
Despite being asked to hand him over, Ismael Zambada has refused, which has deepened the differences.
However, since last April, the weekly Zeta of Tijuana, already reported disputes between the sides of “El Mayo” and “Los Chapitos”, allegedly caused by the Jalisco Cartel Nueva Generación (CJNG).
The confrontation arose between two leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel in that entity: Vicente Martínez González “El Güilo” and Felipe Eduardo Barajas Lozano “El Omega”. Both criminals have their operations centers in the city of Mexicali, a key area for the descent of airplanes used for drug transfer.
According to the publication, members of the CJNG approached “El Güilo” to propose an alliance and keep drug trafficking in the entity, which would have generated strong confrontations.
On the other hand, in July of this year, Vice revealed that “El Chapo” gunmen refused to work with their children and switched to the side of “El Mayo”.
According to the sources consulted by that means “there is an exodus of gunmen from the side of ”Los Chapitos”, whether they are leaving Culiacán or moving to the side of Ismael Mayo Zambada.”
From the eighties until the beginning of this decade, the Sinaloa Cartel (CDS) dominated the business of selling and transferring drugs to the United States, so the capture of its leaders became a priority for Washington.
That is why in 10 years, the US has issued 21 organizational charts on the organization of Sinaloa, in which it has designated leaders, associates and chiefs.
On November 19, the newspaper Reforma revealed that sources within the organization led by Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, ensure that the cartel concept was created by the Administration for Drug Control (DEA) English) and that in reality, the cartel does not have a unique leader, but is made up of families and groups.
For its part, the US Treasury Department has also linked dozens of people, families and businesses with the Sinaloa Cartel.
These are some organizational charts that have been developed about the organization:
In December 2009, the US authorities identified Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera “El Chapo”, Ismael Zambada “El Mayo” and Ignacio Coronel Villarreal, as leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel.
Two years earlier, the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control identified a financial network led by Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, which included several family members and companies located in Culiacán, Sinaloa.
In addition, they linked with the group two Mexican companies located in Jalisco and two others in Bogotá, Colombia.
Sources consulted by Reforma and who requested anonymity, explained that the Cartel is not a single family and neither an organization as the governments of Mexico and the United States have indicated.
They explained that the organization is made up of different groups: that of Ismael Zambada García, that of Rafael Caro Quintero, that of the children of “El Chapo”, the Cázares Salazar family, among others.
In May 2012, the US government included Iván Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar and Ovidio Guzmán López, son of “El Chapo”, as key lieutenants of the Sinaloa Cartel.
Heads of Plazas:
Reforma states that according to the report of the government of the American Union, in 2013 the Sinaloa Cartel had operations in Baja California, led by heads of plazas in the border cities of Mexicali and San Luis Río Colorado.
While in the State of Sonora, he identified the leaders of Sonoyta, Nogales and Agua Prieta, also on the border, in addition to Caborca, Altar and Cananea, but they did not publish the names.
After the third capture of “El Chapo” Guzmán in January 2016, the United States government placed Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada as the cartel leader.
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