HomeNewsAnalysisPolice Losing Members; Cartels Gaining Them
ANALYSIS

Police Losing Members; Cartels Gaining Them

JUAREZ CARTEL / 12 NOV 2010 BY INSIGHT CRIME EN

Five hundred seventy-two police have left the municipal force in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, the embattled town along the Texas border, Mexico’s El Milenio news organization revealed.

Five hundred seventy-two police have left the municipal force in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, the embattled town along the Texas border, Mexico’s El Milenio news organization revealed. Meanwhile, according to El Diario newspaper, the Chihuahua state attorney general said that the drug gangs have 8,000 foot-soldiers working for them in the city of Ciudad Juarez. The two numbers tell a larger story about the government’s attempt to corral the spiraling violence. Municipal police forces have been decimated by defections, filters and fear. Thousands have left their posts. Many others are thought to work with the cartels, Reynosa not excluded. Meanwhile, the criminal organizations have a seemingly endless supply of muscle, messengers and other menial laborers available in spite of the violence. In Juarez, these include members of the Sinaloa and Juarez Cartels, who are battling for control of the city, and their various proxy gangs, among them the Aztecas and La Línea for the Juarez Cartel, and the Mexicles and Artistas Asesinos for the Sinaloa Cartel.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

BRAZIL / 9 JAN 2018

The arrest of a Mexican drug lord in Brazil sheds new light on the international operations of one of Mexico’s…

JALISCO CARTEL / 20 OCT 2016

A bloody cartel war raging in the state of Baja California Sur hints at the new strategies and alliances forming…

KIDNAPPING / 22 OCT 2012

Mexican authorities have found the body of a fourth taxi driver killed by a band of kidnappers and buried by…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela Drug Trafficking Investigation and InDepth Gender Coverage

29 APR 2022

On May 4, InSight Crime will be publishing The Cocaine Revolution in Venezuela, a groundbreaking investigation into how the Venezuelan government regulates the cocaine trade in the country. An accompanying event,…

THE ORGANIZATION

InDepth Coverage of Juan Orlando Hernández

22 APR 2022

Ever since Juan Orlando Hernández was elected president of Honduras in 2014, InSight Crime has provided coverage of every twist and turn during his rollercoaster time in office, amid growing…

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela's Cocaine Revolution

15 APR 2022

On May 4th, InSight Crime will publish a groundbreaking investigation on drug trafficking in Venezuela. A product of three years of field research across the country, the study uncovers cocaine production in…

LA ORGANIZACIÓN

Widespread Coverage of InSight Crime MS13 Investigation

8 APR 2022

In a joint investigation with La Prensa Gráfica, InSight Crime recently revealed that four of the MS13’s foremost leaders had been quietly released from…

THE ORGANIZATION

Informing US State Department and European Union

1 APR 2022

InSight Crime Co-director McDermott briefed the US State Department and other international players on the presence of Colombian guerrillas in Venezuela and the implication this has for both nations.  McDermott…