Violence in the state of Sinaloa in the past week suggests that the long-dominant Sinaloa Cartel is the target of rivals who see an opportunity to take control of its territory now that leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán is behind bars and awaiting extradition to the U.S.
There were reports earlier this week of an attack on various towns in the state’s Golden Triangle region by a 150-member force, and at least 10 deaths.
Those reports have now been confirmed by official sources, said the newspaper Reforma this morning.
The rivalry is believed to be fueled by two factors: control of marijuana and opium poppy cultivation in the mountainous Badiraguato region and the assassination in April last year of Ernesto Guzmán Hidalgo, half brother of Joaquín Guzmán and the father-in-law of Alfredo Beltrán Leyva, the former boss of the Beltrán Leyva Organization (BLO) who is now awaiting trial in the U.S.
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