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Well-armed vigilantes in Mexico's Michoacan state have helped authorities dismantle a powerful criminal organization, but now the government may have a more difficult task: keeping Michoacan safe from the vigilantes and rival criminal groups. Read More
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Criminal Attack Isolates Towns in Security-Challenged Guerrero, Mexico

Criminal Attack Isolates Towns in Security-Challenged Guerrero, Mexico

Public transportation connecting the mountain region with the center of Mexico's Guerrero state has been suspended after a criminal group detained several vehicles, underscoring the security challenges faced by the central government in this state... Read more

Mexico Country Profile

Mexico is home to the hemisphere’s largest, most sophisticated and violent organized criminal gangs. These organizations have drawn from Mexico’s long history of smuggling and its close proximity to the United States, the world’s largest economy, to grow into a regional threat.

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Barrio Azteca

Barrio Azteca

The Barrio Azteca prison gang emerged in Texas prisons, later served as armed support to... Read more

EPR

EPR

The Popular Revolutionary Army (Ejercito Popular Revolucionario - EPR) is a Marxist-Leninist guerrilla group based... Read more

Knights Templar

Knights Templar

The Knights Templar (Cabelleros Templarios) is a splinter group of the once-mighty Familia Michoacana, which emerged... Read more

Familia Michoacana

Familia Michoacana

At the height of its power, the Familia Michoacana’s brutal tactics, strong base of operations... Read more

BLO

BLO

Led by the Beltran Leyva brothers, this Mexican drug trafficking organization worked with the Sinaloa... Read more

Zetas

Zetas

The Zetas, once the military wing of the Gulf Cartel, are among one of the... Read more

Juarez Cartel

Juarez Cartel

The Juarez Cartel is responsible for smuggling tons of narcotics from Mexico into the U.S.... Read more

Sinaloa Cartel

Sinaloa Cartel

The Sinaloa Cartel, often described as the largest and most powerful drug trafficking organization in... Read more

Tijuana Cartel

Tijuana Cartel

The Tijuana Cartel, also known as the Arellano Felix Organization, is based in one of... Read more

Gulf Cartel

Gulf Cartel

The Gulf Cartel is one of the oldest and most powerful of Mexico’s criminal groups... Read more

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El Chapo

El Chapo

Arrested Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman Loera, alias "El Chapo," heads up an alliance of... Read more

El Mayo

El Mayo

Ismael Zambada Garcia, alias "El Mayo," heads a faction of the Sinaloa Cartel. He has... Read more

El Azul

El Azul

A former police detective, Juan Jose Esparragoza Moreno, alias "El Azul," was the go-to facilitator... Read more

Z40

Z40

Miguel Angel Treviño, alias "Z40," was a top commander of the Zetas criminal organization in... Read more

Z3

Z3

Heriberto Lazcano, alias "Z3," was a former commander in the Mexican special forces, before going... Read more

El Chayo

El Chayo

Nazario Moreno Gonzalez, alias "El Chayo" or "The Craziest One" (El Mas Loco) was a... Read more

La Tuta

La Tuta

Servando Gomez Martinez, alias "La Tuta," is a former high-ranking member of the Familia Michoacana,... Read more

El Chango

El Chango

Jose Jesus Mendez Vargas, alias "El Chango," was a leading figure in the Familia Michoana and... Read more

Alejandro Flores Cacho

Alejandro Flores Cacho

Alejandro Flores Cacho runs the air operations of the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico. A mysterious... Read more

El Ingeniero (Tijuana)

El Ingeniero (Tijuana)

Fernando Sanchez Arellano, alias "El Ingeniero" or "Fernandito," was the enigmatic head of the Tijuana... Read more

El Viceroy

El Viceroy

Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, alias "El Viceroy," inherited the Juarez Cartel, then Mexico’s most powerful drug... Read more

El Coss

El Coss

Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez, alias "El Coss," headed the Gulf Cartel, which has its headquarters... Read more

24

24

Edgardo Leyva Escandon, alias 24 has worked with Mexico's Tijuana Cartel, also known as the Arellano... Read more

El H

El H

Hector Beltran Leyva, alias "El H," is the head of the Beltran Leyva Organization (BLO)... Read more

El Ingeniero (Juarez)

El Ingeniero (Juarez)

Vicente Carrillo Leyva, alias "El Ingeniero," was a top leader of the Juarez Cartel. He... Read more

Tony Tormenta

Tony Tormenta

Antonio Cardenas Guillen, alias 'Tony Tormenta,' headed up the financial and logistics side of the... Read more

Z42

Z42

Alejandro "Omar" Treviño Morales, alias "Z42," is a member of criminal organization the Zetas and... Read more

X20

X20

Mario Ramirez Treviño, alias X20, was the head of the Gulf Cartel, an organization that... Read more

Chapo Isidro

Chapo Isidro

Fausto Isidro Meza Flores, alias "Chapo" or "Chapito" Isidro, is a relatively young, formerly low-profile... Read more

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