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Analysis of the Drug Cartel La Familia Michoacana, its decline in Mexico.

Sergio Moreno, El Amarillo'. (Photo Credit to MARIA JOSEP SISCAR)

“The organization is in decline, is now very poorly structured and there is not much staff.” That was said yesterday by Sergio Moreno, better known as “El Amarillo” (The Yellow), one of the leaders of the illegal drug trafficking cartel La Familia Michoacana, arrested by the mexican police  on Monday 15th.

His words confirm the organization’s current crisis. La Familia Michoacana is  surrounded by police, and last week sent a statement in which the clandestine organization  proposes to dissolve “as long as the government took control of the State of Michoacán and ensured the safety of its citizens” .

Moreno argued that the statement, made by the “decadent” Cartel had a double meaning: “to clean the  image” of the criminal organization before the mexican society and especially try to “clean” its boss, Servando Gómez, alias La Tuta, and lobby for the stop of the federal police chase of these criminals .

Moreno is the fourth head of the west coast of Mexico arrested during the last 18 months. Like many other drug dealers, Moreno was a police officer for 12 years until he was suspended from office for failing a drug control.

He spent seven years in prison after being arrested with seven tons of marijuana. He joined the Cartel “La Familia Michoacana” after leaving prison in 2008, with the help of another former policeman. He is accused of being in charge of  the cartel`s extortion “business” and collection of “dues” payments by the local merchants.

Along with “El Amarillo” (the Yellow) , the police arrested four of his associates. The Ministry of Public Security also announced the arrest of Edgar Camacho, aka El Dorado, an alleged member of the Sinaloa cartel in Ciudad Juarez on the U.S. border.