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Judicial authorities in Mexico have reported that imprisoned Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will serve as a witness in the case against a fellow ex-cartel operator, a development likely to spook other Sinaloa leaders.
A series of killings of top members of the Sinaloa-based Guasave Cartel suggests that one of Mexico’s most important emerging groups may be mired in a period of internal strife.
In the past month, the normally peaceful state of Baja California Sur, Mexico has seen a rash of murders, which authorities have blamed on a conflict between the Sinaloa Cartel and a new alliance between the Zetas and the Beltran Leyva Organization.
A UN report puts Guatemala among the top five most violent countries in the world, with 40.6 murders for every 100,000 inhabitants. It's difficult, in this country, to imagine a life without death. However, in the world's fifth-most violent place – it's strange, but true – there are places without homicides, with just one murder in a decade. And there's others where death is overflowing. You just need to spend a few hours on a highway to see these contrasts – from Sibinal, San Marcos, to Puerto Barrios, in Izabal, for example.
Colombia has successfully prosecuted another member of a notorious narco-clan once allied with the Sinaloa Cartel, marking what may be the final chapter for the crime family.
Officials in Venezuela have claimed that last year's record cocaine seizure from an Air France flight out of Caracas belonged to Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel, in a statement that -- whether accurate or not -- appears designed to deflect attention away from the Venezuelan security forces.
Officials in Peru have said the two companies whose shipments of coal were found to contain tons of cocaine earlier this week were set up as fronts by Mexican drug traffickers, a modus operandi that suggests the involvement of the Sinaloa Cartel.
The captured son of Sinaloa Cartel leader "El Azul" has testified his father is dead, but his statement is unlikely to stamp out rumors the drug lord is still alive and well, in what could easily build into Mexico's next big narco-conspiracy.
Authorities in Peru have discovered at least 3.5 tons of cocaine that police say was destined to be shipped from the Pacific coast to Europe by Mexican groups, highlighting the territorial reach of Mexico's drug trafficking networks.
Canada drug trafficker Jimmy Cournoyer has been sentenced to 27 years in prison, marking the end of a billion-dollar transnational marijuana empire with ties to Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel, Italian mafia families, and the Hells Angels motorcycle gang.