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Sinaloa Cartel

The Sinaloa Cartel, often described as the largest and most powerful drug trafficking organization in the Western Hemisphere, is an alliance of some of Mexico's top capos. The coalition's members operate in concert to protect themselves, relying on connections at the highest levels and corrupting portions of the federal police and military to maintain the upper hand against rivals.

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JALISCO CARTEL / 10 MAR 2021

Violence in the town of Jerez, in Mexico's central state of Zacatecas, has surged in 2021, as criminal groups fight…

EL CHAPO / 23 FEB 2021

The indictment of the wife of convicted Sinaloa Cartel kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera has revealed her alleged role…

CACHIROS / 13 JAN 2021

It was in 2012 that former Honduran congressman Fredy Renán Nájera Montoya agreed to provide Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa Cartel with…

CACHIROS / 28 DEC 2020

A rush of drug plane traffic from South America, coupled with traffickers smuggling large cocaine shipments after coronavirus border restrictions…

COCA / 22 DEC 2020

President-elect Joe Biden has a chance to reset the table on US-Latin American relations, but the Donald Trump administration’s schizophrenic,…

HOMICIDES / 12 NOV 2020

Months after the arrest of one of Mexico's most wanted criminals, violence continues to spiral out of control in…

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Los Chapitos

MEXICO / 2 JUL 2020

The now-jailed former Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquín Guzmán Loera, alias “El Chapo,” had many sons, but only a select few of them, known collectively as “Los Chapitos,” are at the…

Dámaso López Núñez, alias ‘Licenciado’

MEXICO / 2018-07-09

Dámaso López Núñez, alias "Licenciado," is a prominent figure of the Sinaloa Cartel. Authorities believe he was the closest associate of legendary kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, who was arrested…

Fausto Isidro Meza Flores, alias ‘Chapo Isidro’

MEXICO / 2016-11-17 15:28:01

Fausto Isidro Meza Flores, alias "Chapo" or "Chapito" Isidro, is a relatively young, formerly low-profile figure believed to have operated in the Mexican underworld since the 1990s. His growing influence…

Joaquín Guzmán Loera, alias ‘El Chapo’

MEXICO / 2019-03-29

Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzmán Loera, alias "El Chapo," heads up an alliance of powerful drug traffickers known as the Sinaloa Cartel. His ability to simultaneously co-opt public…

Ismael Zambada García, alias ‘El Mayo’

MEXICO / MAY 21, 2019

Ismael Zambada Garcia, alias "El Mayo," heads a faction of the Sinaloa Cartel. Along his recently escaped partner, Joaquin Guzman Loera, alias "El Chapo," El Mayo is one of…

Alejandro Flores Cacho

MEXICO / 2016-11-17 15:35:25

Alejandro Flores Cacho runs the air operations of the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico. A mysterious figure, relatively little is known about Flores Cacho except that he has created an operation…

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