Matthew Lickona 7 a.m., April 24
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Has the Tijuana Cartel United With the Zetas?
Recent reports have emerged that the Arellano-Félix Organization (Tijuana Cartel) has joined forces with the Zetas to combat the Sinaloa Cartel. The development is not completely new, as a few years ago the two organizations worked together from time to time.
A gunfight in Sinaloa that was led by the Zetas, and backed up by the Tijuana Cartel and the previously low-key Beltran-Leyva Cartel, appears to show all three groups uniting to stomp into the home of the Sinaloa Cartel. At least 20 men were killed, including a Mexican Air-Force officer. Two gun battles occurred separately near the mountainous town of Choix, Sinaloa.
The Tijuana Cartel had previously appeared to succumb to the power of the Sinaloa Cartel after losing recurrent battles on its own turf. The Tijuana Cartel was still operating, but seemed to be under the hand of the Sinaloa Cartel. Urban battles between the cartels still occurred, but the structural layout of smuggling narcotics was worked out between the two. If the recent reports are true, this could be a turn towards more violence in the Baja area. As the Zetas attempt to extend their reach across Mexico, and the Tijuana Cartel attempts to survive, the teamwork may seem like obvious choices for both.
The remnants of the Beltran-Leyva cartel in Sinaloa would also provide beneficial to the Tijuana Cartel and Zetas connection. The group still has a presence in Sinaloa, and very good connections.
On the other side of the country, the Sinaloa Cartel has recently claimed ownership of the Zetas border home-base in Nuevo Laredo. Multiple mass killings and a car bomb have emphasized that El Chapo's men are in the city. The Zetas have disputed this idea and claim that they are still in full control. The back and forth attacks against their own territories has only escalated.
The Sinaloa Cartel has united with multiple other groups to combat the Zetas as well. The Gulf Cartel, Jalisco Cartel, and other smaller groups are operating with and under the wing of the Sinaloa Cartel in many areas.
Read more about events in Nuevo Laredo http://www.hellonearthblog.com/