Politics: The New Face of Organized Crime

MEXICO - Report 12 May 2015 by Guillermo Valdes and Esteban Manteca

Executive Summary

Over the course of an eight-year government offensive against drug trafficking, the structure of organized crime has morphed and fragmented considerably. Gone are almost all of the drug cartels of yesteryear and in their place have emerged myriad criminal gangs that are more focused on local markets and rent-seeking operations.

In the wake of the violent May Day events in western Mexico this year, the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) has clearly emerged as the prime target of the federal government. In light of its past successes in disma...

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