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Media Is Hyping Up Power Of Jalisco New Generation Cartel, Sinaloa Cartel Still Top Dogs In The Drug World: DEA Chief

August 4, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Media Is Hyping Up Power Of Jalisco New Generation Cartel, Sinaloa Cartel Still Top Dogs In The Drug World: DEA Chief

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McALLEN, Texas— Online media outlets continue to falsely hype a violent Mexican cartel by claiming that it is the most powerful such organization in the world.

However, some top law enforcement officals in the U.S. and Mexico say the reports are erroneous and have dismissed the claims.

The most recent assertion was made by the website Ozy, which reported that the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) was more dangerous and powerful than the Sinaloa Cartel.

In the article, titled “Forget El Chapo–Meet El Mencho And His Bloodthirsty Cartel,” Ozy claims that the group’s propensity for violence coupled with the low profile of CJNG’s boss Nemesio Oseguera make him a more formidable foe than Sinaloa Federations top bosses Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, and Juan Jose “El Azul” Esparragoza.

El Chapo was listed by Forbes as a billionaire at the same time he was the most wanted man in the world. He recently once again made world-wide headlines after his sensational escape from the Altipano maximum security prison in Mexico through an elaborate mile-long tunnel built with rails, motorcycles, and oxygen tanks.

Ozy echoed a string of reports that came out earlier this year by various news outlets, including the Washington Post, which made the same claim.

At the time the CJNG had been making headlines for leading a series of fierce gunfights and attacks on Government forces in Mexico.


The CJNG started out as the paramilitary wing of the Sinaloa Federation who went by the name Mata Zetas or Zeta Killers under the control of local Sinaloa boss in Jalisco Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel, who was known as the ‘King of Meth.’

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After his 2010 death by Mexican military forces, the group splintered and has since seen a systemic rise to power.

However, the group’s exponential rise was not enough to make them the most powerful drug syndicate in the world.

The most high profile official to dismiss the Washington Post and OZY’s claims was made by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s chief Jack Riley.

Riley is quoted in a piece by Mexico’s Proceso, describing the Sinaloa Federation as being in an entirely different league than the CJNG.

“The organization that Chapo Guzman help create (Sinaloa Federation) is the most powerful because it has lasted throughout the history of international organized crime,” Riley said to Proceso.

DEA Chief Jack Riley

DEA Chief Jack Riley

While the CJNG has been hyped for their economic strength and firepower, Riley said they don’t have the power or reach of the Sinaloa Federation.

The DEA boss explains, “The Sinaloa Federation can be harmed in Mexico but in the U.S., the contacts, business and routes they keep are well established.”

According to Riley, the Sinaloa group’s operational reach has been the catalyst for the current heroin crisis in the U.S.

“According to our assessments, the Sinaloa Cartel is the absolute owner of the heroin trade,” Riley is quoted in the article.

Mexico’s top security Official Tomas Zeron has also dismissed the claims that the CJNG is the most powerful cartel in the world.

During a news conferance last June Zeron who is Mexico’s National Security Commissioner was asked if the CJNG was more powerful than the Sinaloa Federation.

According to Proceso, Zeron said that he could not make that assertion about the CJNG’s dimensions or power, but said the CJNG is a powerful cartel with a major presence in Jalisco Guanajuato, Colima, and Michoacán.

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