The Sinaloa Cartel, often described as the largest and most powerful drug trafficking organization in the Western Hemisphere, is an alliance of some of Mexico’s top capos. The U.S. Treasury Department estimates that at least half of all narcotics smuggled into the U.S. are through the Sinaloa organization, The coalition's members operate in concert to protect themselves, relying on connections at the highest levels and corrupting portions of the federal police and military to maintain the upper hand against its rivals. At least three groups operate in the Mexican state of Sinaloa: El Chapo, El Azul and El Mayo have maintained separate but cooperating organizations, and work with outsourcing partners within Mexico and abroad. In 2014 El Chapo was captured after a thirteen-year manhunt and incarcerated in Mexico's highest security prison, but in July 2015 escaped through an elaborate tunnel dug under his prison cell.VideoVideo:…
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