Tracking Mexico's Cartels in 2018
Feb 1, 2018 | 08:00 GMT
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- Factional competition resulting from the breakup of large organized crime organizations continues to drive violence in Mexico.
- The lucrative fentanyl trade, built on the backbone of methamphetamine and opiate smuggling networks, is furthering the expansion of criminal groups in Tierra Caliente.
- While most cartel violence is directed at other cartels and the government, the widespread use of military-grade weapons raises the risk of collateral damage.