The Zetas vs. Sinaloa Cartel

Topics: Mexican Drug War, Drug cartel, Sinaloa Cartel Pages: 4 (1430 words) Published: June 16, 2013
Unit 11


EN 1420
Composition II

Dr. Cline

Blas P. Valdez
May 29, 2013

Unit 11: Project
Final Draft
The War between the two major drug cartels in Mexico, Los Zetas and the Sinaloa Drug Cartel, has exploded to new extremes and is now affecting multiple countries. There are multiple cartels in Mexico who control certain sections of the country, but all have aligned with one or the other of the two Goliaths. This war started over the drug routes stemming from southern Mexico to the United States of America. The Sinaloa Cartel has controlled these routes for many decades; however, with the up-rise of Los Zetas, the competition for the drug trafficking market has roared into a brutal war between the two. Now as the war continues, it has infected the entire western hemisphere and has even begun to spread to Europe. The Mexican Drug Cartel war is now an international matter.

In recent news it was stated that the Sinaloa Cartel has a presence ranging from New York to Buenos Aires. They have been the main traffickers for decades but they are losing power and are fighting to maintain control of their territories“…a report from Mexico’s El Universal published in September, which said that the Zetas were moving to take control of trafficking routes through San Marcos province, which borders on Mexico and the Pacific ocean, and had traditionally been controlled by the Sinaloa Cartel...”(Wells, Stone, M. H.,2013) Through their alliances with other cartels in Mexico and South America, the Sinaloa Cartel continues to traffic illegal narcotics from Colombia through Guatemala and up through Mexico. Though they continue, Los Zetas have made their presence known to the cartel and through violence are trying to take over.

Los Zetas is a drug trafficking cartel that is comprised of ex-Mexican and Guatemalan military personal. They are perceived as highly efficient, technological, and above all very violent. According to Friedersdorf, they committed...

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