Sinaloa Cartel Becomes King of Mexico Meth Production

Geoffrey Ramsey
August 30, 2011

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With the decline of Mexico’s Familia Michoacana drug gang, it appears that the Sinaloa Cartel has stepped up as the largest distributor of methamphetamine to the U.S., illustrating an inherent contradiction in any “war on drugs.”

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Over the past several months, the once-mighty Familia Michoacana has suffered several major blows to its organizational structure. In December, police shot and killed Familia leader and founding member Nazario Moreno Gonzalez, a development which caused the group to split into two factions, one of which calls itself the Caballeros Templarios (Knights Templar), while the other has kept the original name. In June, officials arrested another Familia leader, Jose de Jesus Mendez, alias “El Chango,” prompting government security spokesman Alejandro Poire to claim that “what was left of the command structure of this criminal organization is destroyed.”

He may be right — now, in perhaps the clearest sign of the group’s decline, the Familia has reportedly lost its tight hold on the lucrative methamphetamine trade. This has traditionally been the largest source of revenue for the criminal organization. According to the Associated Press, the rival Sinaloa Cartel has taken advantage of the Familia’s weakened state to seize control of meth production, and is expanding on a massive scale. As evidence, the report says that a haul of more than 400 metric tons of precursor chemicals, used to produce meth, that were seized from a warehouse in Queretaro last July belonged to the Sinaloans.

Even more telling than the sheer bulk of chemicals was the way in which they were organized; when police raided the warehouse they found its contents neatly stacked by forklift into separate categories, suggesting that the group has a well-developed industrial process for making and transporting methamphetamine.

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One Response to “Sinaloa Cartel Becomes King of Mexico Meth Production”

  1. Militias working the border, Its important that we are focused.

    We can’t waste your time on the people trying to escape the mexican drug cartel savages. Let the young men and women run for something better.

    We are militia.

    The cartel halcones y sicarios here in the US are our targets. We are warriors who feed off the sicarios y halcones. We are not cartel sicario putas who feed off the poor mexican people.


    The mexican people are our brothers and sisters. El pueblo de México son nuestros hermanos y hermanas.

    We are all in this together. Estamos todos juntos en esto.

    Before we were conceived in our mother’s womb our father new us. Antes de que fueron concebidos en el vientre de nuestra madre, nuestro padre nos nuevos.

    We only have one father and he is the creator. Sólo tenemos un padre que es el creador.

    And we are his children. Y nosotros somos sus hijos.

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