Paraguayan authorities arrested six individuals linked to the Sinaloa Cartel for allegedly attempting to set up a cocaine trafficking scheme from Colombia to Europe, in what appears a confirmation of the crime group's intention to exploit Paraguay as a drug transshipment point.
A recent spike in violence in Juárez has security analysts seeking explanations for the increase and worrying about whether another cartel war can be avoided.
Recent reports point to disorder within the leadership of Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel, as pressure from security forces and competing organizations as well as internal rivalries appear to be furthering the crime group's fragmentation.
Violence in Ciudad Juárez is on the rise. This year is on track to be the deadliest since 2012, signaling the possible renewal of warfare between the region's dominant criminal groups.