MEXICO – After the extradition of Joaquin El Chapo , Guzman, several names dispute the leadership of continental drug trafficking.
Recently the United States included Rafael Caro Quintero as one of the ten most wanted men of the FBI, for whom he offers 20 million dollars.
Caro Quintero, 65, was released by a Mexican judge in 2013 and from a hidden location he has denied directing the Sinaloa cartel.
But the emerging man who most equates El Chapo , both in firepower and in his ability to impose terror, is Nemesio Oseguera, alias El Mencho, head of the Jalisco Nueva Generación cartel.
Army and police deployed
The reigning violence faces an army that has been operating for only 12 years without any formal training or a clear mandate to face the irregular war it is waging on drug trafficking.
Of the 214,000 soldiers that the Mexican Army has, there are 52,000 deployed from North to South of the country in states such as Michoacan or cities such as Cancun. Studies show that when they appear on the streets, violence increases.
In parallel, the State has almost half a million agents to deal with organized crime. In Mexico there are another 213,000 state police, 163.00 municipal, widely penetrated by the narco .
Only ten of the 32 states pay more than 550 dollars a month to the agents, according to data.
Faced with putrefaction, an old saying states that “the size of a place’s violence is the same size as its police”.
The creation of a new corps, the Gendarmerie, with 40,000 better prepared and paid personnel, added to the 37,000 already existing federal police, has proved ineffective due to the penetration of organized crime among agents and police officers, drug trafficking is bigger then ever.