Several of Mexico’s major drug cartels are pursuing an alliance, capital daily Reforma said Friday, citing unnamed intelligence sources.
The Juarez organization and Los Zetas are among the groups trying to create a “cartel of cartels,” the newspaper said in a front-page story.
The impetus to band together comes after each of the criminal outfits has experience significant setbacks, the sources told Reforma.
Senior figures from the Jalisco Nueva Generacion Cartel, the Juarez-based mob run by the Carrillo Fuentes family, Los Zetas and the Beltran Leyva cartel met in June in Piedras Negras, a city in the northern border state of Coahuila, according to the sources.
Those groups are active in the states of Sonora, Sinaloa, Durango, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Zacatecas, Mexico, Hidalgo, Veracruz and Jalisco.
Reforma did not mention any involvement by the Sinaloa cartel, reputed to be Mexico’s most-powerful drug trafficking organization, whose top boss, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was apprehended in February after 13 years on the run.
Conflict among rival cartels and between the criminals and security forces has claimed well over 100,000 lives in Mexico since December 2006, when then-President Felipe Calderon decided to militarize the struggle against the drug trade.
Published in Latino Daily News
2 thoughts on “Mexican Cartels Considering Major Alliance”
“Reforma did not mention any involvement by the Sinaloa cartel, reputed to be Mexico’s most-powerful drug trafficking organization,…”
Not if the others all band together.
This way they can get a volume discounts on the next DOJ gun sale.
Maybe have an MRAP or 2 thrown in as a bonus for their loyal customers.