As violence in the city of Chicago increases, a Mexican drug cartel is making huge profits based in the city’s “Little Village.”
The Sinaloa Cartel is a drug-trafficking, money laundering and organized crime syndicate based in the city of Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico.
The United States Intelligence Community considers the Sinaloa Cartel “the most powerful drug trafficking organization in the world”, and in 2011, the Los Angeles Times called it; “Mexico’s most powerful organized crime group.” According to the U.S. Attorney General, the Sinaloa Cartel is responsible for importing into the United States and distributing nearly 200 tons of cocaine and large amounts of heroin between 1990 and 2008.
The cartel is primarily involved in the smuggling and distribution of Colombian cocaine, Mexican marijuana, methamphetamine and Mexican and Southeast Asian heroin into the United States. The Sinaloa Cartel handles transportation across the U.S. border to distribution cells in Arizona, California, Texas, Chicago and New York.
In January 2008 the cartel allegedly split into a number of warring factions, which is a major cause of the epidemic of drug violence Mexico has seen in the last year. Murders by the cartel often involve beheadings or bodies dissolved in vats of alkali and are sometimes filmed and posted on the Internet as a warning to rival gangs.
A part of the Sinaloa Cartel is located in Chicago, in the area known as “Little Village.” Chicago continues to be a major Sinaloa distribution point for the Midwest, taking advantage of a strong local demand market and convergence of several major interstate systems that offer distribution throughout the US.
In 2013, the Chicago Crime Commission named the head of the Sinaloa Cartel, Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman, “Public Enemy No. 1.” He has never set foot in the city, and only Al Capone had previously received that particular title.
From their location in “Little Village,” the Cartel wholesales their drugs to local street gangs. The city of Chicago has documented over 120,000 gang members. One gang, ‘The Gangster Disciples,’ works with the Cartel. From this location alone, they distribute two metric tons a month.
On 20 August 2009, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) dismembered a large Mexican drug operation in Chicago, and uncovered a major distribution network operated by the Flores crew led by twin brothers Margarito and Pedro Flores that operated out of that city. The drug operation allegedly brought 1.5 to 2 tons of cocaine every month to Chicago from Mexico and shipped millions of dollars south of the border. The shipments were mostly bought from the Sinaloa Cartel and at times from the Beltrán-Leyva Cartel, and it is assumed that both cartels threatened the Flores crew with violence if they bought from other rival drug organizations.
The Sinaloa Cartel is the most active of all the Mexican Cartels in the trafficking of drugs, primarily cocaine, from South America to the United States.
Mexican drug Cartels are waging a war against each other in Mexico. Nearly 200,000 people have been reported as ‘missing.’ Is the increase in violence in the city of Chicago related to the Sinaloa Cartel? Undoubtedly their control of the distribution of drugs in the city has added to its escalation.
The Chicago Police gang division is aware that a Mexican drug Cartel is in Chicago’s Little Village, but at present, they appear unable to take effective action to remove it.
The Guardian Express