Fugitive Mexican drug lord El Chapo’s sprawling empire commands most of the illicit drugs trade in the United States, a new DEA report shows.
The drugs kingpin’s Sinaloa cartel controls swathes of the US, with his organization only facing real competition in New Mexico, southern Texas and a handful of cities in the north west of the country.
The findings were released by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in an unclassified report showing the influence of Mexican drug cartels north of the border.
Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán escaped from prison in Mexico in July and has been on the run since.
Meanwhile his Sinaloa cartel has continued to operate – as it did when he was behind bars – trafficking heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana across the border on an industrial scale and flogging it to dealers.
The first graphic drawn up by the DEA (see above) shows where El Chapo’s criminal gang has the most power, in yellow. Dark yellow denotes the areas where it has the most influence. Pale yellow denotes the least – although Sinaloa still has more influence than any other cartel in these areas.
The dark yellow seems to cover most of the east of the US as well as patches on the west coast and in Hawaii.
The pale yellow covers most of central and west US.
The circular discs on Figure 1 below show urban areas, and which cartels wield the most power there, with El Chapo’s organization again having strongholds across the US – even in Alaska, thousands of miles from Mexico.
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