2019 Cartel Guide (Work in Progress)

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2019 Cartel Guide (Work in Progress)

Itzli
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I'll keep this short and to the point: with things in Mexico being so fluid it's been a while since I've taken the time to document the various "cartels" and their respective leaders. I took the time to throw together a list from the top of my head, fleshed out by some quick research. I'm sure I'll be editing and adding to this in the near future.

International Cartels
C.J.N.G. [Nemesio "El Menocho" Oseguera Cervantes]
Sinaloa Cartel (El Mayo Faction) [Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada García]
Sinaloa Cartel (Chapitos Faction) [Iván Archivaldo "El Chapito" Guzmán Salazar]
       
Regional Cartels
(B.L.O. Sinaloa Remnants) [Fausto Isidro "El Chapo Isidro" Meza Flores]
Cartel del Golfo (Matamoros Faction) ["El Vaquero"]
Cartel del Golfo (Reynosa Faction)/Los Metros
Cartel del Noreste [Juan Gerardo "El Huevo" Treviño Chávez]
Cartel Tijuana Nueva Generacion
La Familia Michoacana [Johny "El Pez" Hurtado Olascoaga]
La Linia
Los Rojos [Santiago "El Carrete" Mazari Hernández]
Los Salazar
Los Viagras/Nueva Familia Michoacana [Sierra Santana brothers]
Los Zetas Vieja Escuela
Nuevo Cartel del Juarez [César Daniel "El H2" Manjarrez Alonso]
Sinaloa Cartel (El Guano Faction) [Aureliano "El Guano" Guzmán Loera]
       
Demi Cartels
(B.L.O. Monterrey Remnants) [Rodolfo "El Gato" Villarreal Hernandez]
35-Z ["El Negro Gallero"]
Blancos de Troya [Cesar Alejandro "El Boto" Sepúlveda Arellano]
C.I.D.A. [Irving "El 14" Magno Acevedo]
C.I.D.A./Los Virus [José Ángel "El Capuchino" Galeana Palacios]
Caballeros Templarios Guardia Michoacana [Homero "El Gallito" González Rodríguez]
Cartel del Abuelo/Policia Comunitaria Tepalcatepec [Juan José "El Abuelo" Farías Álvarez]
Cartel del Golfo (Centro Faction) [Pablo Misael "Pantera 24" Ramos Lara]
Cartel del Golfo (San Luis Potosí) [Refael "El 82" Isassi Garcia]
Cartel del Golfo (Tampico Faction) [Héctor "R3" Crescencio de León Fonseca]
Cartel del Golfo (Zacatecas Faction)
Cartel del Santa Rosa del Lima [José Antonio "El Marro" Yépez Ortiz]
Cartel del Sur [Isaac "El Señor de la I" Navarrete Celis]
Cartel Nueva Plaza [Enrique "El Cholo" Sánchez Martínez]
Columna Armada Pedro J. Méndez (Cartel del Golfo Hidalgo Faction) [Eloy Flores Martínez]
Gente Nueva del Tigre
Grupo Sombra [Martín "El Mirinda" Martínez Hernández]
Guardia Guerrense [Oliver "El Ruso" Sánchez Coria]
Los Ardillos [Ortega Rosas brothers]
Los Caballeros Templarios [Fernando "El Tena" Cruz Mendoza]
Los Chano Arreola [Crescenciano "El Chano" Arreola Salto]
Los Jefes [Zenén "El Chaparro" Nava Sánchez]
Los Migueladas [Miguel Ángel "El Migueladas" Gallegos Godoy]
Los Puchini ["El Güero Lee"]
Los Talibanes
Sangre Nueva Zeta [Roberto "El Bukanas" de los Santos de Jesús]
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Chivis
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Very nice itzli
 
The way I see it.... the more people that don't like me, the less people I have to please
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Cdelt
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In your list, you have the metros down as just Los Metros…Are you saying they no longer fly the CDG banner? From my understanding and from what I've seen they do. I even read about a Ciclon boss(CDG Matamoros) aligning with some Metros. But you're more knowledgeable and have way more resources then lil ol me. Maybe I need to be updated. If you would do tje honors it would be highly appreciated.
JustSayin
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Cdelt
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In your list, you have the metros down as just Los Metros…Are you saying they no longer fly the CDG banner? From my understanding and from what I've seen they do. I even read about a Ciclon boss(CDG Matamoros) aligning with some Metros. But you're more knowledgeable and have way more resources then lil ol me. Maybe I need to be updated. If you would do tje honors it would be highly appreciated.
JustSayin
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Cdelt
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Also, how aboutthe Hidalgo, Tamaulipas faction(The Armada)?
JustSayin
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Itzli
Good catch, I went ahead and added that as well as modified the naming of Los Metros which I had thought about when typing it out and forgot to go back and edit.
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Podrido
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Hey Itzli! Great to see a post like this on the forum, these are my absolute favourite kind of posts. I'm still plugging away on my clave's post for example, maybe we could collaborate on that at some point if you were interested?

In addition to your list here I might tentatively suggest additions like,

Unión Tepito, Fuerza Anti-Unión, Guerreros Unidos (Are they still active?), Los Tequileros (I believe they are still active), Los Molinos (More of a gang in Mexico City I think), Los Rosas (Puebla.)

It would be interesting to make a list beyond cartels though, such as street gangs, as it is arguable how many of these groups are actually cartels at this point.

Los Talibanes, Grupo Sombra and Zetas Vieja Escuela are all under CDG are they not?
Los Salazar is a faction of the Sinaloa Cártel too, isn't it? That being said, I think Fuerza Especiales de Damaso still operates, but perhaps under a different name? Or were they fully assimilated into the CJNG?
Just a lurker.
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Anon
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This is awesome. Thank you.
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Mosco
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Podrido wrote
Hey Itzli! Great to see a post like this on the forum, these are my absolute favourite kind of posts. I'm still plugging away on my clave's post for example, maybe we could collaborate on that at some point if you were interested?

In addition to your list here I might tentatively suggest additions like,

Unión Tepito, Fuerza Anti-Unión, Guerreros Unidos (Are they still active?), Los Tequileros (I believe they are still active), Los Molinos (More of a gang in Mexico City I think), Los Rosas (Puebla.)

It would be interesting to make a list beyond cartels though, such as street gangs, as it is arguable how many of these groups are actually cartels at this point.

Los Talibanes, Grupo Sombra and Zetas Vieja Escuela are all under CDG are they not?
Los Salazar is a faction of the Sinaloa Cártel too, isn't it? That being said, I think Fuerza Especiales de Damaso still operates, but perhaps under a different name? Or were they fully assimilated into the CJNG?
I agree with your entire post.  I would like to have our posters "drop reliable information" on which of the above criminal groups (gangs, cartels, etc) have significant "working" links with USA gangs and where the links are located (regions, towns, cities, States,) and also their ties to USA prison gangs, politicians, political Parties, ethnic/racial groups) stuff like that.  

I am mostly an outside observer and no longer close to where the action is in the USA.  But I still do research using 2nd and 3rd levels data on the narco-world.

Great thread Itzli....
Mosco
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Anon
Mosco, You've got to restructure your thinking to understand this. It isn't about gangs (prison or otherwise). The drug cartels are mostly broken up (except CJNG and CDS) which means that there is an army of ants pushing product through Mexico into the US. In the US there are the cells of the cartels, but these cells often work with multiple cartels. After that the drugs get pushed by all types of people in every layer of society. Its more like "Breaking Bad" than "Scarface." In the old days there would be a cartel and they would sell to a gang, or several gangs. Things have really changed. These days cartels are fluid agreements that change a lot and the gangs are more or less just names of local associations. Prison gangs are still a thing, but they aren't big players outside of the prisons. Your major drug dealer these days could be some "regular" guy that you would never suspect.
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Anon
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One question. Why do you have La Linea and Nuevo Cartel de Juarez as two separate organizations?
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Mosco
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Anon wrote
Mosco, You've got to restructure your thinking to understand this. It isn't about gangs (prison or otherwise). The drug cartels are mostly broken up (except CJNG and CDS) which means that there is an army of ants pushing product through Mexico into the US. In the US there are the cells of the cartels, but these cells often work with multiple cartels. After that the drugs get pushed by all types of people in every layer of society. Its more like "Breaking Bad" than "Scarface." In the old days there would be a cartel and they would sell to a gang, or several gangs. Things have really changed. These days cartels are fluid agreements that change a lot and the gangs are more or less just names of local associations. Prison gangs are still a thing, but they aren't big players outside of the prisons. Your major drug dealer these days could be some "regular" guy that you would never suspect.
Anon: Your observations on the dynamic (ever morphing) "army of ants' systems"  for moving drugs (and money?) sure sound correct and fits some my experiences (with gang and prison populations).  Also, I especially like your "layers of society" observation.
MOSCO
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canadiana
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Awesome Itzli!An never ending ending work in progress to be sure.And it wouldn’t be that way if guys didn’t get knocked off or arrested.
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Cuidado
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I would put Alfredo Guzman instead of Ivan.
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Itzli
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@Podrido Thank you for the kind words, it's always nice to get positive feedback. With regards to Unión Tepito, Fuerza Anti-Unión, Los Molinos, etc. I pretty much skipped over groups based out of the Mexico City metropolitan area due to a lack of solid information on my end and the fact that from what has been on my radar in the past gave me the impression that things evolve so quickly that it is hard to accurately document (the same goes with the Cancun area).

With regards to Guerreros Unidos it had been quite some time since I have heard anything about them. I went back and double checked and the the last good article I could find was from last October which pretty much stated that the group was nearly extinct. Other articles since then give me the impression that their remnants have been absorbed by CJNG.

In similar fashion, I did not include Los Tequileros as I could not find any current information on them. I researched it again and an article from January implies that "El Pez" managed to wipe out Los Tequileros.

When it comes to CDG groups, there is no central leadership and the various factions that have splintered from the once unified cartel fluidly link up and separate in a variety of confederations. As such, I list the groups separately.

Likewise, Los Salazar have operated under the umbrella of the Sinaloa Cartel, however, very recently I have seen them signing messages which implies a certain level of independence, thus I decided to list them separately as they may be on the path of choosing their own destiny, akin to how Los Zetas grew out of the CDG.

@Anon
 The reason I listed La Linea and Nuevo Cartel de Juarez is due to the fact that I find their current structures unclear. In the beginning La Linea was clearly the armed wing of the Juarez Cartel, but as the Juarez Cartel weakened I got the impression that La Linea increasingly acted independently with its own leadership structure. As the Nuevo Cartel de Juarez rose, I never felt that they fully gained oversight over La Linea. I may be wrong but I felt that these groups are similar to Los Zetas and CDG in the era after Osiel was extradited and before "El Concord" was killed, in other words a former armed wing that now operates as an independent organization with its own leadership structure but still maintains ties and operates in conjunction with its parent organization.

@Cuidado You may have a valid point. Honestly, I was going to put both names down but I hated to do it since every other group only had one name so it was kind of a coin flip weighted by the fact that they are known as Los Chapitos and Ivan's nickname is "El Chapito". I honestly don't focus as much on the Sinaloa Cartel so there are gaps in my knowledge and I'm sure a good argument could be made for who is more likely to be considered the leader.
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Anon
Thanks for the answer.
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leChef
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Good job as always!

I wonder if the fragmentation is temporary and that is sort of pulsate back and forth.
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Anon
The fragmentation is permanent and will only accelerate. You can’t re-cork that bottle. Large cartels may emerge, but they’ll be broken up and the remains will be more and more gangs. I think this is a problem that will not go away in the foreseeable future.
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leChef
I dunno, Anon.

This has happened before, in Mexico, Colombia and other countries. Perhaps not to this extent, but even if you look at world war history, empires have come and gone.
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Anon
Yes, empires have come and gone, but never in the same way. There is a saying that I like that says “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes.”  The cartels that have fragmented wont come back, and the days of large monolithic cartels are probably over, because the circumstances have changed. Going into the future I expect to see more atomization and continued violence. Basically more of the same, until the system changes. Governmental change will have to occur to really change things. Organizing a big cartel that controls everything though, that’s not going to happen again, at least not in the same ways that it happened in the past.
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