What Are The Most Dangerous Drug Cartels In Mexico?


In July 2015, Mexico’s most notorious drug
lord, Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, escaped from prison. El Chapo is the boss of the largest
drug gang in the Western Hemisphere, the Sinaloa cartel. As Mexico enters its 9th year in the
Drug War, with some estimating over 100,000 casualties, we wanted to know, what are Mexico’s
biggest, baddest cartels? Well the Sinaloa cartel is by far the biggest.
This is partially because the group is organized through a loose series of associated gangs,
and regularly absorbs smaller gangs. While other cartels have a direct hierarchy and
a single leader, the Sinaloa operates under a board-of-directors, with El Chapo at the
top. The group has thousands of members who deal heavily in cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines,
MDMA and marijuana. In fact, as much as 80% of US meth, and half of US heroin comes from
the Sinaloa Cartel. Overall, they’re considered responsible for a quarter of all illegal drugs
smuggled into the US from Mexico. Sinaloa has been called “the most powerful drug trafficking
organization in the world”. Part of their success may have to do with the alleged cooperation
of the Mexican military, who’ve been accused of taking bribes to crack down on other rival
cartels. The other largest cartel is the Zetas. While
Sinaloa has more members, the Zetas cover more territory. Together, both groups are
estimated to have up to 100,000 members. The Zetas are particularly known for their extreme
brutality, and sophisticated technology. Their income is less-so based on drugs than the
Sinaloa, and they are considered significantly more dangerous. Most murders, beheadings,
kidnappings, assassinations, and extortions in Mexico are attributed to the Zetas. They
are also known to brutally torture their rivals. They are more like a paramilitary group than
just an average street gang. Another notable, but less powerful group is
the Juarez Cartel. They are the oldest operating cartel, and used to be the strongest and most
brutally violent. Under their control, the city of Ciudad Juarez became the murder capital
of the world, with 130 murders per 100,000 residents. The cartel’s reign of terror
kept up for several years until they were displaced by the Sinaloa, and murder rates
dropped. Today their influence has faded and their leader is in prison. While other dangerous groups like the Tijuana
Cartel, the Gulf Cartel, and the BLO are major players in the Mexican Drug War, none are
nearly as powerful as the Sinaloa or the Zetas. Most other gangs cooperate with one or the
other, leading to growth in both cartels. Many have pointed to the Drug War itself as
a motivating factor for these cartels to continue their violent activities. Despite an ongoing
crackdown by Mexican police and military, the cartels appear to be as strong as they’ve
ever been. El Chapo’s elaborate prison break through
a 5 million dollar tunnel makes it clear that being locked up doesn’t stop you from wielding
major power. If you’re curious about how he managed to pull it off, check out Seeker
Daily’s video. As always, thanks for watching, and make sure to like and subscribe for new
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