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Police in Colombia have arrested an operative from Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel who was attempting to buy cocaine laboratories from Colombia’s FARC rebels, in another sign the cartel is extending its reach further down the drug supply chain.

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A US federal court has made public a controversial plea deal with the son of Sinaloa Cartel leader Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada that reveals details of the organization's operations and raises the question: who may the extradited narco give up in exchange for a reduced sentence?

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An increase in demand for opiates in the United States and dwindling revenue in the marijuana trade has seen Mexican cartels become increasingly involved in poppy cultivation and heroin production, a trend that is seemingly supported by US interdiction statistics.

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Media in Mexico have released details from the testimony of one of arrested drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's closest employees, which offer insight into the notorious kingpin's final days of freedom and the inner workings of his organization.

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Authorities in Medellin, Colombia have sent four alleged drug traffickers to prison, among them members of the once-powerful Cifuentes Villa clan, who are accused of working with the Sinaloa Cartel to traffic cocaine out of the country.

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A prominent Italian author and mafia expert has claimed Sinaloa Cartel leader Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada was behind the capture of the Mexico cartel’s top leader, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, raising further questions about possible tensions within the organization.

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An appeal by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to block his extradition to the United States has been denied, making incarceration in the United States unlikely but possible, as questions remain over what will happen to Mexico's organized crime landscape in the wake of the drug lord's arrest.

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With Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman now back in a cage many analysts and ordinary Mexicans alike fret about the expected knock-on effects. What those effects are, and how bloody they might be, will depend on President Enrique Peña Nieto's next moves in dealing with both the power vacuum Guzman leaves and the political and financial networks that supported his grip.

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The US Treasury has added an alleged Sinaloa Cartel member linked to drug lord Juan Jose "El Azul" Esparragoza Moreno to its Kingpin List, as the authorities increase the pressure on Mexico's leading criminal organization following the arrest of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

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Succession in the Sinaloa Cartel does not necessarily mean more violence. Indeed, the arrest of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman could present more problems for his political and business accomplices than within his own criminal organization.

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