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Organized Crime

Beltran Leyva Organization (BLO)

Beltran Leyva Organization (BLO)

La Familia Michoacána

La Familia Michoacána

Gulf OCG

Gulf OCG

The Gulf organization emerged in the northern state of Tamaulipas and has been the dominant OCG in the region until recently. Its roots are in prohibition-era bootlegging operations. During the 1980s the organization leader, Juan García Abrego, partnered with Colombia’s Cali cartel to traffic cocaine into the United States via the Gulf of Mexico.

Arellano Félix Organization or Tijuana OCG

Arellano Félix Organization or Tijuana OCG

Another organization tracing its origins back to the Guadalajara OCG is the Arellano Félix organization (AFO) also known as the Tijuana OCG. The group is named after the Arellano Félix brothers (seven in all, five involved in drug trafficking) who are the nephews of the Guadalajara OCGs founder Miguel Angel Félix Gallardo. A rival to the Sinaloa organization when the Guadalajara organization broke up, the AFO was at one time allied with the Gulf OCG.

Juárez OCG

Juárez OCG

Sinaloa OCG/Organización del Pacifco

Sinaloa OCG/Organización del Pacifco

Current Analysis (Updated February 2011)

Current Analysis (Updated February 2011)

Organized Criminal Groups

Organized Criminal Groups

The Felix Gallardo organization (Guadalajara OCG)

The Felix Gallardo organization (Guadalajara OCG)

Historically, Mexican organized criminal groups operated in distinct regions of the country building their enterprises through a variety of illicit activities. They did not come into conflict with one another, and were even known to act cooperatively at times with one group paying for safe passage through another’s territory.

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