As a bitter war between rival cartels grinds to an end, Ciudad Juarez has lost the title of world murder capital, and is moving towards something more like normality.
For many crime watchers, the fighting in Juarez that cost nearly 10,000 people their lives over a four year stretch was a battle of the titans: the Juarez Cartel versus the Sinaloa Cartel. But beneath that analysis is the deeper question of who pushes the levers of power in Mexico.
Barrio Azteca, a prison gang born in the Texas jail system, is becoming a major player in the Mexican underworld and the “X-factor” in the battle for Ciudad Juarez, Mexican officials told InSight Crime.
There appears to have been a security miracle in Ciudad Juarez, once one of the world’s most violent cities.
Ciudad Juarez, one of the major cities along the US-Mexico border. has long been a foacl point for organized crime.