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and who is the boss of LFM

Nazario Moreno El Chayo el verdadero jefe de los Caballeros templarios... sera verdad o mentira

los caballeros templarios llegan a guerrero...
con apoyo d federal...

These are very well written but they all are out of date and some seem to be missing some key pertinent and interesting info. Just for example, Los Zetas actually created La Familia in the mid 2000's when they wanted to infiltrate Southern Mexico. The group turned on the Zetas and really created their M.O. when, along with their Narcotrafficking, they brought kidnapping and extortion to the area. But Zetas set up their infrastucture. Arturo Beltran Levya in the Cartel del Pacifico Sur article seems to be kind of quickly gone over when in reality Don Arturo (Noone calls Chapo Don Josquin) was one of the key Narcos in the game, being a key player in both the Juarez Cartel and later Sinaloa (Having helped Chapo escape and stay out of prison). And Cardenas story is far more interesting than what is written here. He assassinated his main rival? Come on, that's plain misleading and misses fascinating parts of what occured. The story is that he and his best friend were taking over the Gulf cartel after the arrest of the old leader. However, Cardena's buddy had a gambling and drinking/drugging problem and always was asking for money. At this time, about 1997, Cardenas recruited the legend, Arturo Guzman Decena, Z1 to desert the Mexican Army and come work for him as an enforcer. (This was the original Zeta who eventually recruited the 33 other originals) After (I forget which was which) a baptism where either Cardenas was the Godfather or his buddy was the Godfather to his child, they all got in a truck with Cardenas driving, the buddy sitting shotgun, and Z1 in back. Z1 then blew his head off, and Cardenas became known as El Mata-Amigo (The Friend-Killer) and took over CDG. Also no mention of the reason Zetas and Gulf split? El Concord I? Fight between Tormenta and Lazcano? (Another fascinating story is the fall out after the Mex Marines killed Tormenta, his enforcer group, The Scorpions, set Matamoros ON FIRE) Would love to hear more about Rojos and Metros. Both groups were created by Cardenas as enforcer groups (He obviously changed the game by making it more of a paramilitary one) linked to individual cities (Rojos/Reynosa, Metros/Matamoros). I forget exactly but M3 Samuel Flores Borrego (if memory serves me) either killed or was killed by a Rojo over a dispute of which commander/group had control over I believe Reynosa... (CDG had started cutting up the territory when Zetas were becoming more independent before their split)No mention of Guadalajara Cartel, Gallardo, and the meeting between all of the main cartels splitting up Mexico (You mention in another article that Gallardo split his empire in 1987 but that was it) that really at least partially shaped todays landscape? Maybe it's just me but all of this stuff is not just fascinating but its a key part of history, and I really just chose a few things (And this is already very long), there are many, many more. Also I hate when people try to do these charts. For example, Lazcano and Trevino had completely different command structures with different personnel. They just get oversimplified and inaccurate. I would love it if these were made accurate and kept updated. Anyways I sincerely apologize if I am longwinded, I just think that this stuff is important, especially on articles titled "101". Your writing and articles are extremely intelligent and illuminating (The article on why the U.S. might not want to catch Chapo was fascinating and actually what brought me here- btw where did you get the intelligence on the U.S. holding back info on Chapo's whereabouts near AZ, or telling the VCFO to back off, I had never heard that before. That's in Wikileaks???? Please tell me where I can read the primary source material) I appreciate all of your info and I just ordered your book, but I would love to see a website that is extremely accurate and updated in regards to this subject, and you obviously more than extremely intelligent. Thank you!

Regardless of the who/what/when/where the scourge of drugs on society sees no sign of fading. The amount of drug abuse can only be reduced when governments across each others borders work together in a concerted and genuine effort to put a stop to this blight once and for all.

u need to add that in deed el chango did made a aliance with los zetas when he was arreste
now in days they are still operating in some parts of michoacan mexico state guererro an some other states they are some main leaders that police haven talk about like changos brother rigth now in charge or the familia

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