Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, April 12, 2010

The other war in Mexico

The war of the government against the drug gangs goes on apparently without slowing the drug flow to the USA. The other war, between drug gangs, might be winding down in one area of the country. Is that a threat to the government and the regime?

AP Exclusive: Sinaloa Cartel Takes Ciudad Juarez
After a two-year battle that has killed more than 5,000 people, Mexico's most powerful kingpin now controls the coveted trafficking routes through Ciudad Juarez. That conclusion by U.S. intelligence adds to evidence that Joaquin ''El Chapo'' Guzman's Sinaloa cartel is winning Mexico's drug war...

The twin border cities of Ciudad Juarez and El Paso, Texas, are a primary crossing point for drugs smuggled into the United States. Control of drug routes in Chihuahua, the state along New Mexico and West Texas where Juarez is located, is vital to Guzman's efforts to grow his massive drug cartel's operations.

Already, the Sinaloa cartel is the world's largest, and Guzman last year made Forbes magazine's list of the world's top billionairesā€¦

The Sinaloa cartel has grown steadily more powerful since Guzman escaped from a Mexican federal prison a decade ago by hiding in a laundry truck, even as successive Mexican governments -- including that of Calderon -- have faced accusations that they have not pursued the Sinaloa cartel as aggressively as other gangsā€¦

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