Tracking Mexico's Drug Cartels Timeline

Jan 20 2017

Mexico: Drug Lord 'El Chapo' Extradited To U.S.

Mexico extradited Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera, the notorious head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, to the United States on Jan. 19, Reuters reported.
Jan 16 2017

Mexico: 3 Questioned In Cancun-Area Nightclub Shooting

Officials in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo are reportedly questioning three people in connection to an early morning shooting at a Playa del Carmen nightclub that left four people dead of gunshot wounds and one person apparently trampled to death, CNN reported Jan. 16.
Dec 11 2016

A Decade Into Mexico's War on Drugs

Ten years later, the country's prospects for security and peace seem no better than they were before.
May 20 2016

Mexico: Government Approves Extradition Of Crime Boss

The Mexican government approved the extradition of notorious Sinaloa crime boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera to the United States on May 20, Bloomberg reported.
Jan 25 2016

The Geography of Mexican Drug Cartels

Since the demise of the Guadalajara cartel in the late 1980s, Mexican cartels have been dividing into more geographically compact, regional crime networks.
Jan 21 2016

Mexican Security: The True Casualty of Low Oil Prices

Reduced energy revenue will pose a different sort of problem for the government in Mexico City.
Oct 21 2015

Why Drug Cartels Are Stealing Mexico's Fuel

As Mexico reforms its energy sector, the illegal tapping of pipelines presents serious challenges.
Sep 17 2015

Mexico's Disorganized Crime

The country's illegal drug trade, once dominated by three players, continues to splinter into smaller groups.
Jul 23 2015

How the Drug War Redefines U.S.-Mexico Relations

Mexico wants the upper hand in security cooperation with its powerful northern neighbor.
Jul 22 2015

Viewing Mexican Cartel Corruption With a Counterintelligence Lens

Fighting Mexican cartel corruption effectively requires a nontraditional approach.
Jul 14 2015

In Mexico, Crime Is Bigger Than a Crime Boss

While his escape shows he is a powerful figure, El Chapo cannot escape the evolving criminal dynamic reality he was already subject to before his 2014 arrest.
Overview

Violence related to Mexican drug cartels — more accurately termed "criminal cartels," given their expanded role in various criminal enterprises — has reached record levels in Mexico. Despite increased security operations ordered by former Mexican President Felipe Calderon in December 2006, the cartels continue to operate throughout the country.

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