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Current status of the major mexican drug cartels.

The major cartels

Beltrán Leyva: Splinter group of Sinaloa Cartel; power struggle erupted after December slaying of Arturo Beltrán Leyva, known as “boss of bosses”Gulf: Weakened by government crackdown, but still powerful; reputed leader Osiel Cárdenas in U.S. custody since 2007

Juárez: Locked in violent struggle with Sinaloa Cartel for control of trafficking corridor through Ciudad Juárez

La Familia Michoacana: Relatively small, but brutal group locked in turf war with Beltrán Leyva Cartel and Los Zetas

Los Zetas: Once paramilitary wing of Gulf Cartel; now operates independently

Sinaloa: One of the most powerful and dangerous; in power struggle with Juárez Cartel

Tijuana: Weakened by arrests of top leaders and infighting

Sources: The New York Times, Seattle Times research

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