I'm a student from Europe. For my test, I decided to work on the drug trafficking in Mexico because I really appreciate this country and also because I follow the evolution of the situation since a few years. I don't know if I have to post them here but I have some questions:
1/ I know that the Zetas in Tamaulipas are divided into two big groups: CDN (Nuevo Laredo) and ZVE (Ciudad Victoria). Can you tell me which faction is the most powerful? Also, with who are they allied?
1.2/ I know that the Zetas control territories in States such as Veracruz, Puebla, Quintana Roo but are these Zetas affiliated with ZVE?
2/ The Gulf cartel is also divided into several groups. I know two of them : Los Rojos (Reynosa) and Los Metros (Matamoros). Same questions as for the Zetas; which one is the most powerful and with whom are they allied? Are there other factions, and if so, where are they based?
3/ Do you know which cartel controls most of the State of Jalisco? I’ve seen people saying that CDS has a significant presence, but I find it weird that the Cartel of Jalisco doesn’t control Jalisco.
4/ Is there a map from 2018 showing which cartel dominates which state?
Now that we are on the same page can someone archieve me or complete me a whole map of the organizational structure of the CDN, and Gulf or anyone or else other organizations? I want to know how the sicarios operate and how they move and so on. Who is in charge of the narco "tienditas" and who controls what/area or specific resource etc?
1. This is just guesswork, but CDN has the appearance of unity versus ZVE, which consists of many cells. The main hub for CDN is Nuevo Laredo, which is the biggest entry point to the US with the most goods trafficked through and thus one could assume the most drugs as well, and guns the other way. Cd Victoria is the state capital of Tamaulipas and a pass-through for drugs, but perhaps more importantly the place to influence politicians and get concessions. In terms of economic power I would guess CDN would be stronger, but does Ciudad Victoria clan have backing from Cardenas in Matamoros in terms of manpower and brute force? It is an easily shifting landscape where the ones who have the most money usually wins, unless there are some advancements in technology or tactics.
2. There are so many factions and guardians and other groups with specific tasks in the Gulf Cartel, totally exhausting to keep track. Here are current and former groups I have tracked:
Grupo de JC, Aerolitos, Alfas, Aguilas, Alacranes, Bravos, Canicones, Camellos, Cascos, Ceros, Ciclones, Cobras, Deltas, Dragones, Escorpiones, Estaca 0, Grupo Fox, F3, Fresitas now known as Los Rojos, FR, Gamas, Grameros, Gris, Halcones, Jaguares, Jimmys, Lacoste, Kalimanes, Lobos, Grupo M/Marino, Metros, Michelin, Nitro, Grupo Omega, Grupo Orion, Pantanos, Panteras, Potros, Rojos, Grupo Rojos Zona Norte, Sierra, Grupo Sombra, Talibanes, Tangos, Tiburones, Tigres, Comando X, Grupo XW, Yankees and Zetas.
4. Not totally accurate, as always, but something to stick to an assignment: