Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel has won a long-standing conflict with the rival Juárez Cartel for control of the border town of Ciudad Juárez, allowing it to control lucrative trafficking routes into the United States, a US intelligence agent told the press in April. This assessment confirms the status of the Sinaloa Cartel as one of Mexico’s most powerful and dangerous drug trafficking organisations, emerging successfully from a prolonged period of turf warfare.
The organisation has considerable experience in trafficking and the use of smuggling routes and techniques, as well as a large network of personnel. Moreover, police reports indicate that the organisation has a presence in all regions of Mexico, and has sought to develop local networks of corrupt officers, local drug dealers and dedicated groups of assassins.
Should the group succeed in becoming the overwhelmingly dominant cartel, this is unlikely to significantly reduce violence, even in areas where turf warfare has been particularly high. This is largely owing to the Sinaloa group’s decentralised structure, with smaller groups within the overall confederation continuing to come into conflict with rivals on a localised level.
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