El Chapo’s machine gun-wielding narco army replace cops in Mexico’s lawless ‘Golden Triangle’
MEMBERS of El Chapo's Mexican cartel have made a sanctuary for themselves in a mountain region where heavily-armed bodyguards patrol the streets freely.
Pictures of the armed members of the Sinaloa Cartel, famously headed by drug lord El Chapo, were captured in the north-eastern Mexican state of Durango.
The mountainous region, which is a major producer of Mexican opium and cannabis, is often referred to as the ‘Golden Triangle’ – because it's where the states of Sinaloa, Chihuahua and Durango meet.
According to local media, the cartel has taken over the area in Durango and established it as a 'sanctuary' for its leaders.
Free from cops, the cartel leaders can walk liberally through the streets surrounded by their heavily armed troops.
The footage shows a long line of armed men lining a street holding machine guns and wearing bullet-proof vests while shouting: “Up Durango.”
The troops are believed to belong to Los Cabrera, who are the armed wing of the Sinaloa Cartel, headed by Jose Luis Cabrera Sarabia.
The armed wing, also involved in drug trafficking, executions, and extortion, were also found to be recruiting minors into its ranks, according to an investigation by the Ministry of National Defense.
Jose Luis' brother, Felipe Cabrera Sarabia, nicknamed ‘The Engineer’ and ‘Lord of the Mountains’, recently pleaded not guilty against charges of drug trafficking in an ongoing trial in the United States after he was extradited from Mexico.
According to local media, Cabrera Sarabia was the head guard of notorious drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ Guzman.
El Chapo was caged for life in 2017 after being found guilty of trafficking cocaine, heroin and marijuana – and was also engaged in murder conspiracies during his time as the notorious drug lord.
Earlier this week, at least ten bodies were dumped on a roadside in Mexico as a new bloody gang war erupted in Sonora.
Those slaughtered were said to be members of a criminal gang led by Rafael Caro Quintero.
Some of the men found dead had their hand tied behind their back while others were discovered shirtless on the pavement.
The armed gang also torched a nearby gas station as well as a number of homes and vehicles.
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