El Chapo’s assassins to be picked off after death of ‘Kim Kardashian of crime’
El Chapo’s assassins could be picked off after the death of the Kim Kardashian of crime – with his cartel exposed to other ruthless gangs.
Claudia Ochoa Felix, also known as the Anthrax Empress, is believed to have carried out multiple killings for Chapo’s Sinaloa Cartel while part of enforcer gang Los Antrax.
The 35-year-old model was found dead in a house in Mexican city Culiacan in the bed of her lover last week.
Though forensic teams later ruled out the involvement of a rival cartel, her death comes at an alarming time for Chapo’s ex-outfit.
Referring to Los Antrax, Duncan Wood, Director of the Wilson Centre's Mexico Institute, told Daily Star Online: “This is an organisation that has a long standing relationship with the Sinaloa Cartel.
“What’s unknown is what’s going to happen to that military wing given the fracturing thats taking place within the Sinaloa Cartel at the moment since El Chapo has been extradited.”
El Chapo’s ex-partner Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada is now having to contend with Guzman’s two sons, Ivan Archivaldo, and Jesus Alfredo, otherwise known as Los Chapitos (Little Shorties) for control of the organisation.
Externally, the group also faces a mortal threat from the Jalisco New Generation.
They have already essentially taken control of the state of Jalisco, including its capital Guadalajara and coastal tourist hotspot Puerto Vallarta.
Its members have targeted members of the public, soldiers and police officers in brutal displays of violence.
Wood added: “Certainly, there is much more risk for the Sinaloa Cartel because the status quo has broken down.
“They’re going to be called upon to do a lot more work, in many ways you could say that’s an opportunity for them because they now get to prove their worth.
“If they are defending vulnerable assets and personnel of the Sinaloa cartel, the groups become critically important.
“It also does pose a risk though. If they were to get engaged in a very high profile conflict with the Jalisco New Generation cartel and the government decides that they’re going to go against them, that could be quite damaging.”
Chapo, 62, was jailed for life in Julyafter a highly publicised trial in the US.
He was found guilty by a jury in February of trafficking tonnes of cocaine, heroin and marijuana while head of the Sinaloa cartel.
Despite external threats, his organisation still operates in 17 Mexican states, and by some estimates, in as many as 50 countries.
Greater freedom has since been given to around 120 smaller cartel-affiliated organisations called “cartelitos” by El Mayo.
This makes keeping track of the drugs flow significantly harder for the authorities.
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