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Mexican border state of Sonora bracing for lengthy cartel war

July 23, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican border state of Sonora bracing for lengthy cartel war

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Citizens in the Mexican border state of Sonora are bracing for another surge of violence as rival groups of the Sinaloa and Beltran Leyva Cartels continue to battle for control of profitable drug territories.

For months, Los Salazar, a faction of the Sinaloa Cartel, has been engulfed in a turf war with the Beltran Leyva Cartel, formerly headed by Trinidad “Chapo Trini” Olivas Valenzuela. The war has been confined to the municipality of Cajeme – specifically in the border city Obregon.

The war has been confined to the municipality of Cajeme – specifically in the border city Obregon.

Olivas Valenzuela was shot and killed this month in the state of Jalisco as he was eating at a restaurant.

Trinidad Olivas Valenzuela “Chapo Trini

In the days before the slaying of El Chapo Trini, the municipality of Cajeme was subjected to a string of warnings posted on social media to residents about the looming violence, Breitbart Texas reported.

The message warned citizens to avoid being outside after 6 pm. Two commanders reportedly signed the message with the Los Salazars, identified only as El 75 and El Pirata.

Breitbart Texas reported that the possible successor as the regional boss for the Beltran Leyva Cartel is a drug kingpin in the U.S. authorities named Sajid Emilio “El Cadete” Quintero Navidad, who is the cousin of top drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero.

Sajid Emilio “El Cadete” Quintero Navidad, the cousin of Rafael Caro Quintero, is listed by the U.S. State Department as a top cartel operative in Sonora

Quintero Navidad has been identified a top boss in Sonora, and he has been linked him to ongoing killings and abductions in the region.

The drug lord is a former Sinaloa Cartel member who has switched sides.

Federal authorities continue pursuing Caro Quintero after he was released by Mexican police under suspicious circumstances.

Rafael Caro Quintero (above) is considered the “God Father” of the Mexican drug trade

Caro Quintero is wanted in the U.S. for his part in the killing of U.S. DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena.

The first turf war between Los Salazar and Chapo Trini’s group resulted in an alarming spike in execution-style killings in and around the municipality of Cajeme, resulting in the request for federal and military assistance from Governor Claudia Pavlovich Arellano in Sonora.

The current unofficial number of murders in Cajeme has already exceeded 170 in 2017 with most linked to drug conflicts.

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