sinaloa cartel

Son of Captured Sinaloa Cartel Leader Surrenders to US

One of the leaders of Mexico‘s Sinaloa Cartel has turned himself in to US authorities in what could be the latest sign of fragmentation in the group’s upper echelons, a trend that has become increasingly evident since the extradition of legendary kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán earlier this year…

This piece was co-authored with Caroline Kuritzkes. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.

Talking about Colombia Coca Production on InSight Crime’s “Weekly InSight”

I joined Senior Investigators Deborah Bonello and Héctor Silva Ávalos for InSight Crime’s weekly Facebook Live session today, where we discussed new White House estimates of coca production in Colombia, the future of the Sinaloa Cartel after “El Chapo,” and the close ties between elites and organized crime in Latin America. You can watch the full video at this link, or embedded below:

DEA Says Mexico Cartels Battling to Corner US Heroin Market

Two of Mexico‘s most powerful drug cartels are battling for control of the US heroin market, the DEA says, raising the possibility that heroin trafficking patterns may be evolving along similar lines as the cocaine trade…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.

Sinaloa Cartel Laundered Money in Colombia Using Textiles: Report

Mexico’s most powerful drug cartel laundered illicit proceeds in Colombia via contraband clothing and footwear products, according to a new report, taking advantage of the difficulty authorities face in stopping trade-based money laundering

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.

Clashes Reflect New Dynamics of Criminal Violence in Mexico

Recent clashes between armed groups on the home turf of captured Sinaloa Cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán illustrate how the fragmentation of Mexico‘s underworld is changing the dynamics of criminal violence in the country…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.

Building the case against El Chapo: lost legal legwork yet another reason why his escape is a step backward

Looking at the timeline of arrests, extraditions and deals in recent months, it looks like the United States was moving to make the case against El Chapo completely airtight, allowing Mexico to detain him until U.S. officials were completely ready to make the official extradition request…

This piece was co-authored with Sarah Kinosian. Read it in its entirety at Security Assistance Monitor.