Federal District-led organization of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman moved on the Juarez cartel in controlling the drug trafficking corridor in Ciudad Juarez–El Paso, so starting in 2011 he increased the movement of cocaine, black tar heroin and methamphetamine, and west Texas there is a greater availability of these drugs, reveals an intelligence report from the Department of Justice of the United States. The report, prepared by the National Drug Intelligence (NDIC) is an analysis of the market in the region, it notes that the Sinaloa cartel “increased its influence over lucrative smuggling routes in Mexico and West Texas region,” a disputed area since 2007.
The organization headed by Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, “The Viceroy”. The square is strategic for drug traffickers because it has four of the seven official border crossings leading into West Texas: the bridges of the Americas, Paso del Norte, Stanton Street Bridge, crossing the International Bridge Ysleta (all part of the gate at El Paso).
The report, which diagnosed the stage until late 2011, notes that “in the past year, several indicators suggest that the Sinaloa cartel can win this battle, and has a greater influence on drug smuggling through the Valley of Juárez, where it now dominates the drug smuggling operations carried out through small towns along the Rio Grande, once controlled by the Juarez cartel.”
The drug trade is growing according to Police reports citing that the report indicates that the Sinaloa cartel dominates the drug transport across the Valley of Juárez, even in cities like Guadalupe and Future, “and members of the Juarez cartels rivals have left these areas as a result, and violence has not decreased.”
It points out that even in Ciudad Juarez of the Carrillo Fuentes organization has lost ground against the onslaught of cells “El Chapo”: “The Sinaloa cartel is proactive in looking for any opportunity to take control of the Juarez cartel in the city, while it operates in defense of its territory, trying to offset losses caused by the rival group.” Although it has not yet lost control due to its connections with the group-gang Barrio Azteca ranked among the most violent. The Juarez cartel is also “weakened” as a result of the arrests and deaths of its members and partners, he says.
The impact of the growing influence of “Shorty” in the region has resulted in an increase in drug trafficking. While in the period 2006-2010 there was a decrease in the availability of narcotics, from 2011 it began to increase again.
In the report it explains that there is an increased amount of methamphetamine in West Texas, he even distributed in schools, “which emanates from the Sinaloa cartel’s ability to produce large amounts of these drugs in Mexico, and its growing influence on the Plaza El Paso-Juarez.” It is also recognized that “the availability of cocaine has increased in the region.”
The Clearinghouse estimated that the high level of violence in Ciudad Juarez will not diminish in the near future, “but it may increase if the Sinaloa cartel is able to further reduce the ability of drug trafficking operations of the Juarez cartel, which to a certain extent that reduced forces of the criminal group is involved in other criminal activities for profit, such as extortion and kidnapping.”