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Report: Sons of ‘El Chapo’ recognize new leader of the Sinaloa Cartel

April 29, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Report: Sons of ‘El Chapo’ recognize new leader of the Sinaloa Cartel

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The children of Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman have reportedly accepted a new leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, Mexico’s most powerful drug-trafficking organization.

Following the extradition of  ‘Chapo’ Guzman to the United States in January, the criminal operation he once oversaw is now under the control of another of its founders Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada, Mexican intelligence officials with Mexico’s National Security Cabinet revealed to the newspaper La Jornada.

Zambada is considered one of the historical leaders of drug trafficking in Mexico who worked alongside legendary underworld figures such as Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo, ‘Don Neto,’ Rafael Caro Quintero, and Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, the founders of the Guadalajara cartel in the 80s and 90s.

Ivan Archivaldo and Jesus Alfredo Guzman-Salazar, the sons of ‘El Chapo’

According to the report, intelligence officials confirmed a fracture within the Sinaloa Cartel involving another of the group’s top bosses, Dámaso López Núñez, ‘El Licenciado’ who now contests the territories controlled by the criminal organization.

‘El Licenciado’ was accused in a letter allegedly sent by El Chapo’s two children, Ivan Archivaldo and Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, of an assassination attempt during a meeting in the mountains of Badirgurato back in February.

Lopez-Nunez was a former law enforcement official and later became the director at the Federal prison in Puente Grande, Jalisco, where he struck up a friendship with Guzman, who at the time was serving his first prison sentence.

‘El Chapo’ was extradited to Brooklyn, New York back on January 19th

After helping ‘El Chapo’ escape in January 2001, Lopez Nunez went to work for the drug lord becoming his top lieutenant.

DEA officials confirmed that the successor to Joaquín Guzmán Loera in his faction within the Sinaloa Cartel is Dámaso López Núñez, who will shortly be included at the top of the list of most wanted by the United States government.

Officials interviewed by La Jornada said after Guzman’s arrest and subsequent extradition in January, Dámaso López Núñez made claim to leadership of the Sinaloa Cartel drawing him into a confrontation with ‘El Mayo Zambada.’

‘El Licenciado’s’ move to fill the void left by ‘El Chapo’s’ absence was not accepted by ‘El Mayo’ Zambada and a dispute soon erupted.

The publication indicated that the internal fracture has divided the cartel into three organizations: one headed by Ismael Zambada; another led by Aureliano Guzmán Loera, ‘El Guano’ the half-brother of ‘El Chapo,’ and a third faction controlled by Dámaso López Nunez and his son Damaso López Serrano, alias ‘El Mini Lic.’

Sinaloa Cartel top leaders Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada and Damaso Lopez Nunez ‘El Licenciado’

“In the new composition of the Sinaloa Cartel, Iván and Alfredo Guzmán Salazar decided to remain in a second level position, under the orders of ‘El Mayo’ Zambada, and are responsible for overseeing the production of poppy and opium plantations in the municipality of their father’s hometown of Badiraguato, while also controlling several drug trafficking zones in Sonora” officials told the newspaper.

The last attempt to reach an agreement to settle the dispute over control of ‘El Chapo’s’ criminal empire, reportedly occurred in February, however, gunmen sent by Dámaso López Nunez ambushed ‘El Mayo’ Zambada and the sons of Guzmán, who barely escaped with their lives according to numerous reports.

An internal war within the vast criminal organization has continued to spiral as a result of the act of betrayal.

The Sinaloa cartel maintains drug trafficking vast operations in 59 different countries worldwide and with the presence of criminal cells in the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Durango, Coahuila, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Colima, Veracruz, and Sonora.

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