Photo: The Meza Flores crime family are rivals of the Sinaloa Cartel.
Domestic and foreign analysts have warned that since the arrest of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman a war is about to break out between different cartels trying to claim the the territory occupied by the Sinaloa Cartel. Some say that other leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel , Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada and Juan Jose “El Azul” Moreno Esparragoza have tried to reach out to local authorities, while others believe a confrontation is inevitable.
Last week, a killing in Sonora keys signaled to Americans drug enforcement that this war in the territories under the dominion of Sinaloa has begun. On March 20, seven people were killed and four others injured in an ambush in the town of Caborca, Sonora. Official reports said it was an attack on “burreros” or drug carriers.
One of the survivors of the attack told authorities that they were returning from transporting drugs when they were intercepted and attacked by several individuals. The investigating State Police said Wednesday that officers were aware that institution on the hill known as The Needles, located in the ejido Example, near the border with the town of Sonoyta. A vehicle was located with several dead people.
Sonora has remained relatively calm this year, while neighboring states have been in turmoil. The reason, according to experts, is that “El Chapo” Guzman had total control of the entity.
Sonoyra, Caborca and Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, make a triangle, according to experts, that is one of the most successful drug corridors worldwide.
Anthony Coulson, a senior retired DEA based in Tucson, Arizona, said to the Associated Press (AP) that the attack could mean the first symptoms of other rival gangs competing in Sonora with Sinaloa Cartel.
With Guzman a prisoner and Captain Gonzalo Inzunza possibly dead, “We have an important territory being disputed ... a key, important,” said the former agent.
“Who controls that corner [of Mexico] controls the traffic entering California,and that was a stronghold of ‘El Chapo’ Guzman. It is a strategic point, because it controls the traffic coming through Southern California, “Coulson said.
Raul Benitez, a security expert at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), told the AP that Puerto Penasco is a high-traffic area, and is perfect for creating a corridor for selling cocaine, marijuana and heroin to the United States.
Coulson said the Beltran Leyva could be behind the attack near the border.
“The capture of one of the most wanted drug traffickers in the Western Hemisphere ended a 13-year manhunt in Mexico and the United States. As U.S. federal prosecutors now seeking to extradite Joaquin Guzman, there is concern that his arrest could lead to increased violence in Mexico’s rival drug cartels territory will be played, “recently wrote Eulich Whitney, editor for Latin America of The Christian Science Monitor.