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The 'Matazetas,' a product of criminal fragmentation
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The Current State of Mexico’s Many Drug Cartels

It is tempting to separate Mexico's drug cartels into six hierarchical groups, each competing for trafficking turf. The reality, however, is that the Sinaloa...
Eduardo Arrellano Felix was sentenced to 15 years in prison
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The Tijuana Cartel is Dead: US

The United States has declared the end of Mexico's once mighty Tijuana Cartel following the sentencing of kingpin Eduardo Arellano Felix to 15 years in prison...
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Tijuana Cartel

The Tijuana Cartel, also known as the Arellano Felix Organization, is based in one of the most strategically important Mexico border cities for trafficking drugs...
Francisco Javier Arellano Felix on his arrest in 2006
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What We Can Learn from a Captured Tijuana Capo’s Testimony

A newly leaked declaration from a former leader of the Tijuana Cartel offers insight into the operations of what was once among Mexico’s foremost criminal...
The Arzate brothers, among Tijuana's most wanted
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Sinaloa Cartel Members Rank as Tijuana’s Most Wanted

In one indication of how much the conflict in Tijuana has evolved since 2009, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a new poster identifying the six...
A Tijuana murder scene
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Baja California: A Test for Mexico’s Pax-Mafioso?

In one indication that the Sinaloa Cartel may be wary of attracting federal government attention back to Tijuana, one of the cartel's top leaders reportedly told...
 Guadalajara Cartel chief Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo
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How Mexico’s Underworld Became Violent

Mexico’s battles with drug trafficking have been a constant in the country’s modern history, but the activities and organization of the criminal groups operating...
Tijuana architect Eugenio Velazquez
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Tijuana Architect Case Calls Attention to Unwilling Drug Cartel Mules

A noted Tijuana architect received a lenient sentence for cocaine smuggling after authorities confirmed that he'd been forced to do so after being threatened by an...
A courtroom sketch of Eduardo Arellano Felix hearing in San Diego
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Eduardo Arellano Felix Extradited to the US

The last of the Arellano Felix brothers to be arrested has now been extradited to the US, a testament to how far the family has fallen since the 1990s, when they...
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Tijuana Cartel Survives, Despite Decade-Long Onslaught

A string of arrests and extraditions of important members of the Tijuana Cartel over the last month show the group is debilitated but resilient, able to maintain...
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Tijuana Cartel Boss to Serve 25 Years in US Prison

The sentencing of a former Tijuana Cartel kingpin to 25 years in a US prison has prompted the director of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to proclaim that...
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Trial of Rogue Tijuana Gang Raises Question of Violence Spilling Over to San Diego

The San Diego trial of two gang members once linked to the Tijuana Cartel is a reminder that Mexican groups have long used the city as a base. However, this group...