The police operation in San Miguel Topilejo that led to the arrest of 14 members of the Sinaloa Cartel operating in Mexico City. Photo: Google

By MARK LORENZANA

From 2020 to date, several factions of the Sinaloa Cartel, identified with Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada and Ovidio “El Ratón” Guzmán — son of convicted drug trafficker Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán — as well as recently re-arrested Rafael Caro Quintero, have been fighting for territory in Mexico City for distribution and sale of cocaine.

This information was provided to Mexican daily newspaper El Universal by the Secretariat of Citizen Security (SSC) of Mexico City, along with data from Mexico’s Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena). The report detailed the arrest of 49 individuals, ranging from group heads, financial operators and drug distributors — all of which play an important part in the organization hierarchy of their respective cells.

On Tuesday, July 12, after the arrest of 14 people who figured in a shootout along the Mexico-Cuernavaca highway near San Miguel Topilejo in Mexico City, the gunmen were linked to Ovidio Guzmán and the Sinaloa Cartel faction Los Chapitos (Little Chapos). Further investigation identified that members of Los Chapitos have already been operating in Mexico City for three months, and were looking to take over the drug business in the capital. For this reason, according to the report, members of Los Chapitos had begun kidnapping people who were already selling drugs in Mexico City, so that they could coerce these local drug traffickers to work for the Sinaloa Cartel.

The report also gave credence to the rumor of an ongoing dispute between the Sinaloa Cartel and Sonora Cartel, and that this turf war had already reached Mexico City.

The Sonora Cartel, also known as the Caro Quintero Organization, was a Mexico-based criminal cartel. Upon the cartel’s disintegration, its leaders were allegedly incorporated into the Tijuana Cartel and Sinaloa Cartel.

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