Meet The Man Who Runs The Sinaloa Cartel... With Or Without 'El Chapo'

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Meet The Man Who Runs The Sinaloa Cartel... With Or Without 'El Chapo'

Maddy
He was born in the countryside of the Mexican state of Sinaloa, entered the drug trade as a teenager and presides over what many believe is the hemisphere's largest drug trafficking operation. But unlike recently recaptured drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, he isn’t a household name.

Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada García, the man many believe to have the most control over the Sinaloa cartel, has spent five decades in the drug trade. While El Chapo is widely described as the cartel’s leader, that notion obscures the fact that Sinaloa operates more like a federation with multiple leaders who form something analogous to a board of directors.

Within that group, Zambada, 68, has likely risen to become the most powerful player. Unlike Guzmán, “El Mayo” Zambada hasn’t been sidelined by yearslong stints in prison.



When Guzmán was first jailed from 1993 to 2001, it was Zambada who oversaw the Sinaloa cartel’s continued expansion. It was Zambada who sent a private helicopter to whisk Guzmán to safety not too long after he slipped out of Puente Grande in a laundry basket, according to journalist Malcolm Beith’s 2010 book The Last Narco. And it was Zambada who facilitated Guzmán’s rise once again after his first escape.

Former head of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration international operations Mike Vigil, who spent 13 years working in Mexico, described Zambada as one of the most elusive drug lords whom Mexico has targeted.

“‘El Mayo’ Zambada” is one of the oldest capos still surviving in Mexico,” Vigil told The WorldPost. “He’s extremely highly respected by the drug trafficking community there. He has actually expanded the Sinaloa drug cartel operations since the time that ‘El Chapo’ was in jail.”

Born in the Sinaloa hamlet of El Alamo, Zambada began life as a farmer, in a state blanketed with illicit poppy and marijuana fields. Early in his criminal career, he also worked as a hitman in Ciudad Juárez, according to Beith. He rose to the leadership of the Sinaloa cartel when he was in his 40s.

Part of the reason people know less about Zambada is that he keeps a low profile. In one unusual exception, he arranged an interview in 2010 with Julio Scherer García, the former director of Mexican magazine Proceso.

He described living in constant fear of getting caught. Zambada said that at least four times the military had gotten close enough to nab him.

“I fled to the hills,” Zambada said. “I know the foliage, the streams, the rocks, everything. They’ll only catch me if I slow down and get sloppy, like El Chapo.”

Though Zambada had sought out Scherer, the drug lord declined to answer questions about his first-born son, Vicente. Known by his diminutive nickname, “Vicentillo” Zambada was arrested in Mexico in 2009 and extradited to the United States the next year on drug trafficking charges. His case caused an uproar when his lawyer contended that Vicentillo Zambada couldn’t be charged with drug trafficking because he was simultaneously working as an informant for the DEA.

The DEA and Department of Justice both denied extending him immunity and the case was resolved in 2013, when Vicentillo Zambada accepted a plea deal and ceded more than $1 billion worth of assets.

“I’m not going to talk about my boy,” Zambada told Scherer in 2010. “I cry for him.”

Though he doesn’t command the same international brand recognition as “El Chapo,” Zambada has long attracted the attention of U.S. law enforcement. President George W. Bush added him to the list of sanctioned foreign nationals under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act in 2002. He faces indictment in several jurisdictions across the United States for charges including drug trafficking, money laundering and homicide.

That fact that the Sinaloa cartel retains such a prominent leader causes many analysts to think the organization will continue to thrive despite Guzmán’s arrest. The recapture also isn’t likely to provoke the splintering and in-fighting associated with the decapitation of smaller cartels.

“Most of the time violence does increase after the government arrests or kills the leader of a criminal group,” Brian Phillips, a professor who researches organized crime and violence in Mexico, told HuffPost. “With Sinaloa [cartel] it’s a little different because it’s a very established group and there’s a second leader, ‘El Mayo’ Zambada, running the show. So you’re more likely to see continuity and stability.”

Despite his vaunted position, Zambada appears to view himself as a replaceable element in a vast machine. Echoing words El Chapo said in a video recording sent to Rolling Stone, Zambada told Scherer in 2010 that the day he died or was captured, the traffic would continue without him.

“The problem of drug trafficking involves millions [of people],” Zambada said. “How do you control that? As for the drug lords, whether they’re locked up, killed or extradited, their replacements are already there lurking.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ismael-el-mayo-zambada-sinaloa_us_56a0becce4b0404eb8f05313?
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deelucky1
sinaloa cartel has never had one leader
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tuSancho
by definition a cartel has many leaders working in concert.  look at how OPEC works... they are a cartel but no one uses that terminology.  this is why whole units can switch sides and loyalty so quickly.

from the OP:  here is another way of saying the same thing...  "Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada García, the man many believe to have the most control over the Sinaloa cartel, has spent five decades in the drug trade. While El Chapo is widely described as the cartel’s leader, that notion obscures the fact that Sinaloa operates more like a federation with multiple leaders who form something analogous to a board of directors."  in other words, a cartel.

And, just like some arab sheik kicking the buck, OPEC rolls on.  So do other cartels, like Sinaloa...

quote OP:  “Most of the time violence does increase after the government arrests or kills the leader of a criminal group,” Brian Phillips, a professor who researches organized crime and violence in Mexico, told HuffPost. “With Sinaloa [cartel] it’s a little different because it’s a very established group and there’s a second leader, ‘El Mayo’ Zambada, running the show. So you’re more likely to see continuity and stability.”  

Cartels, like other forms of organization are meant to control and thrive and continue.
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juris
   Does anyone know Vicente's sentence? How many years?
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Chava
As revealed in a 2013 plea bargain deal which was made public by a U.S. District Court in 2014, Zambada admitted coordinating smuggling tons of cocaine and heroin with "El Chapo" Joaquín Guzmán Loera and agreed to forfeit assets of $1.37 billion to the US government. The plea bargain resulted in a fine of $4 million and 10 years in prison. He is considered a top potential witness against "El Chapo."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vicente_Zambada_Niebla
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So he will be out in about what 5 years?Wonder if he will go back to Mexico.I'm sure he is well protected or stay in US and run things from there?
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Maddy
Canadiana, the federal system they take away 2month for every year, which mean he'll be out in maybe 8yrs. But I'm surprised the big dawgs snitch, so I guess snitching is part of the cartel world. I wouldn't doubt if they work hand in hand with the CIA, which today would be like the Iran-Contra. I remember one time they even reported that those DEA agents that Vicente met at Mexico City hotel were in fact CIA agents posing as DEA.

El Mayo was part of the Juarez cartel leadership with el Azul and Amado Carillo, now mayo and Azul lead the Sinaloa? Wow.
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But how much time has he done already?When was he arrested?Wasn't it Mexico 1st then extradition?So I believe time served before the trial counts as part of the 10 years[at least the US part] and then as you say the time off for good behavior.When might he be out then?
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deelucky1
Sinaloa cartel has like  29+ independent leaders
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Maddy
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Good read chava. Badass link that u gave.
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canadiana
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Interesting reading!Thx!
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Wow!
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What happened/played out for the Torres Felix family, after M-1 went out like scarface?  Did the remaining squad stay together or did M-1s lieutenants seperate to join one of CDS's many other groups, bringing yheir knwoledge, connections drug (and) politcal, and their men.  Or did some go with the Beltrans, or CJNG, Fuck IDK even start their own Zeta cells.  Wasnt Mayo or Chapo blamed for tipping off the authorities to his whereabouts.
   
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I wouldn't be surprised if they give him time served since he's been incarcerated since 09'. Wouldn't be surprised either if he's somewhere in the US under another alias under witness protection program. Now if he bounces back to Mex well that's another issue,  but still have US govt backing based on his plea deal. Never seen a plea deal like that, national security matter? No way. That tells you right there that the US govt did make deals with him since long ago since they didn't make public nothing of the trial based on National Security.  That means CIA was involved with him and other high level US govt officials. Cause that's the meaning of national security (CIA, high level US govt officials).

CIA has been involved with Mex Cartels since long ago. Remember the Kike Camarena case, well they killed him cause he found out about CIA when he discovered Quinteros El Buffalo ranch working with the Guadalajara Cartel which today is the Sinaloa Cartel.

* canadiana and others, view the youtube link that I embedded. Real informative.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FrT-FJAgc0I
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elrojo
Cds is formed of various families that have been into the mary jane and opium buisness since when they can remember. Each of these families have a patriarch(leader) who's in charge and yes some families are more powerful than others. Something happens to the patriarch and he will easily be replaced by the families heir to the throne who has been taught everything there is to know about the buisness. Its a never ending cycle. Quite clever.
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He could possibly be out in 2 years then.
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