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Major Cartel Operational Zones in Mexico


Major Cartel Operational Zones in Mexico

Abstract: 

Part of the "Tracking Cartels Infographic Series," this brief details the overall project as well as the cartel operational zones in Mexico. It includes these key discussion points:

  • Major cartel fragmentation has led to increasingly adaptable, agile, and competitively violent criminal organizations.
  • The geographical expansion of cartels has led to greater territorial contestation over drug plazas, trafficking routes, and illicit markets.
  • Seeking greater profit, cartels are diversifying and increasing in criminal density through criminal activities like extortion, kidnapping, and money laundering.

Publication Information

Full Citation: 

Henkin, Samuel. 2020. "Major Cartel Operational Zones in Mexico." College Park, MD: START (June) https://www.start.umd.edu/pubs/JointCOEProject_TrackingCartels01_OperationalZonesMexico_ResearchBrief_June2020.pdf

START Author(s): 
Samuel D. Henkin
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