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Saturday, 21 January 2012

super-powerful street gangs to surpass Los Zetas and the Sinaloa cartel

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The main groups of drugs now in Mexico, Los Zetas and the Sinaloa cartel, will be displaced by super-powerful street gangs, and could be as early as 2014, warned a report by Southern analysis group Press. According to the document Beyond 2012, which addresses a number of hemispheric security, in three years from now the big fish are no longer the main drivers of violence in Mexico. Instead, they will be local groups split off from larger organizations with an interest in drug dealing and consumer markets in Mexico, found the document. The report’s authors are specialists Sam Bosworth and James Logan, for whom the end of 2014 the followers of Joaquin El Chapo Guzman and his main rival, Heriberto Lazcano, are no longer the main protagonists. Image via Wikipedia  The role will be local, street gangs armed superpowers with Twitter, YouTube (which he defined as “the weapon of fear”) and an enviable arsenal manipulated local politicians and municipal police. They felt that they will be more likely to intimidate or murder journalists, kidnappings and displacement of local government. The situation would represent a major change, since Guzman and Lazcano are considered together as responsible for some of the worst fighting in the country. El Chapo, leader of the Sinaloa cartel, is seen as guilty of starting the battle with Vicente Carrillo Fuentes for control of Ciudad Juarez in 2008, in a fight that led to thousands of murders and for a while “catapulted” into Juarez to be the most dangerous city in the hemisphere. Image via Wikipedia The enmity of his former allies Guzmán, the Beltrán Leyva, shook the underworld in the country, and contributed to increased violence in Morelos, Guerrero and his native Sinaloa. Lazcano, the Z-3, top leader of Los Zetas, who became famous for his pattern of movements into new regions and the alteration of the status quo . Initially a group of assassins, Los Zetas operated mainly in Tamaulipas. But the group broke away from its founders in the Gulf cartel, and settled in states as distant as Quintana Roo and Jalisco. Also the band has perhaps been more aggressive in expanding their operations beyond the drug trade and marketing of extortion, kidnapping and piracy, among other unlawful activities. The cartel led by Lazcano has the reputation of the most violent group in Mexico. According to the report, there is evidence suggesting that decentralization of violence is already underway. While Guzman and Lazcano are still big names, the relative power of the lords of his stature has been reduced during the administration of Calderon, by increasing smaller groups and regionally isolated. Some of these organizations were formed from the remains of larger groups, such as the Hand with Eye (a branch of the Beltran Leyva) and the Knights Templar (from La Familia Michoacana ). Others, such as Los Zetas , began as mere executor groups but evolved into something quite different: perhaps the best example of this phenomenon is La Linea , a gang of Chihuahua has essentially replaced the Juárez cartel, its prime mover. There are also many local street gangs, although they have existed in some form for decades, have become more violent and are more connected than ever with transnational groups, it said. While the main reason for the violence in Juarez appears to be the struggle between the forces of Guzman and Carrillo, local bands are an important factor in sustaining the bloodshed: Mexican officials say there are at least a thousand 500 gangs operating in Ciudad Juarez. Expected that with the emergence of several groups of medium and small size in Mexico, seek more lucrative black market. Drugs continue to play an important role in that market forces, but local consumption is sure to rise.

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