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In Mexico, Cartels Are Hunting Down Police At Their Homes

Depending on who you ask, the cartels make between $20 billion and $64 billion a year selling their drugs stateside. Pot legalization in Colorado and Washington might have cut as much as $3 billion in cartel profits, but that’s a drop in the bucket — coke and meth are the money-makers, and no one’s about to lobby for their legalization. The cartels have their own checkpoints, just like the government. While those government checkpoints are looking for drugs and weapons, the cartel checkpoints are looking for anyone who might work with a rival cartel.

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The Thugette — of the brutal Zeta cartel — regularly posts pictures armed with a bulletproof vest and a long-wave radio. La Gladys of the Zetas cartel butchered notorious assassin Joselyn Niño , of the Gulf Cartel in 2015 — and remains at large in northern Mexico. Niño was thought to be working for Los Ciclones, a faction of the Gulf Cartel, one of the oldest criminal syndicates in Mexico. “There’s an inextricable link between sex and death in the culture of these female killers,” Mr Chesnut said. He said the women were successful agents because they were able to keep a low profile and “avoid suspicion where men doing the same job would quickly find themselves in trouble”. I’m not even remotely exaggerating about the journalist thing being a big deal .

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The news came a day after reports surfaced accusing Malik of striking Hadid’s mother Yolanda during an argument. When Karan had asked Samantha about the social media trolling that she faced after separating from her husband, she instantly corrected him and said “ex-husband”. Samantha then shared that up until that point, she had chosen to share her life with her fans willingly, so she couldn’t Check really complain when the social media tide turned against her. “I couldn’t really complain about it because I chose that path. I chose to be transparent and I chose to reveal a lot of my life. And when the separation happened, I couldn’t be too upset about it because they invested in my life and it was my responsibility to have answers, which I didn’t at that point of time,” she said.

Sebastian Marroquin has a sordid relationship with his father’s legacy and has publicly made a stink about the new Netflix show Narcos glorifying the heartache of thousands upon millions of people. Mexican cartels have also worked closely with non-gang organizations to distribute drugs in the US, but in these cases cartels also appear to maintain some distance from the retail trade and other on-the-ground activity. The drug war affects every part of life in the northern cities and towns dominated by cartels.

The Desert Sun traveled to indigenous communities in Guerrero, Mexico, to capture what spurs people to initially flee and seek protection elsewhere — and what awaits them if they attempt to return home. Guerrero secretary of state Florencio Salazar Adame, meanwhile, estimates about 870 people were displaced by violence between January 2017 and October 2018. Forced displacement is a problem in Guerrero, Salazar Adame said in an interview. Seven of the 25 displacement episodes occurred in Guerrero, the Mexican state with the most displacement events in 2017, the commission said. Again, displacement disproportionately affected indigenous people.

A team of seven state police officers guard the community around the clock. The residents trust the police to protect them, Olivares Hernández said, but worry the government will recall the officers, leaving the community unprotected and vulnerable to another attack. Immigrant advocates have criticized U.S. immigration agencies for providing inadequate translation services to indigenous people. Olivares Hernández said the state government hasn’t held anybody accountable for the violence that has displaced entire communities in Guerrero.

In the 1990s, the Cali Cartel grew into one of the most powerful international drug trafficking operations in the world, and at one point they controlled the vast majority of the cocaine market in the U.S. and Europe. The U.S. government, despite waging a “war on drugs” and conducting other counternarcotics efforts abroad, has made little progress in reducing demand. In 2017, Americans spent $153 billion on illegal drugs, including cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine. The growing use of synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, has contributed to a public health crisis. The cartels flourished during the seven decades that Mexico was ruled by a single party, the Institutional Revolutionary Party .

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Lara Tlaltempa said he tried to wrestle the gun from the man, but failed. Salomon Lara Tlaltempa visits the home of his 24-year-old son, who was among six people killed by armed men on Jan. 6, 2016. In central Guerrero, two smaller criminal groups are now warring for control over the region’s transportation routes, production areas and workforce, according to Olivares Hernández. Cartel violence has crept into the most remote areas of Guerrero, disproportionately affecting the area’s indigenous communities.

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This is probably not the last time you hear about CJNG as it is more willing to engage in violent confrontations with rival cartels and security forces. We all know drug-lords are famous for soul-deadening atrocities, not for romance. And let’s be clear, Mexican drug cartels are pretty much the opposite of love in every way.

It is likely “just a military tactic to fend off the border patrol or law enforcement long enough to be able to make it back into Mexico safe with their drug loads intact and then try another day,” Vigil added. Traffickers have also exchanged gunfire with US border agents — several times in 2017 already and, in a well-known incident, in the 2010 shootout that killed US agent Brian Terry. Cartel members and their relatives live in the US — sometimes in the same neighborhoods as the agents who once pursued them. Moreover, while cartels exist to and excel at getting drugs over the border, moving those drugs around the US and selling them is a different matter. DEA assessments have painted broad swaths of the US as territory under the control of Mexican cartels — chief among them the Sinaloa cartel, an embattled organization previously run by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. However, cartel territorial control is likely defined much more loosely in the US than in Mexico, based on presence alone rather than on deeper operational ties and control.