Antonio Cárdenas Guillen, better known as Tony Tormenta, became the co-leader of the Gulf Cartel, along with Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sánchez, alias El Coss, after the extradition of Osiel Cárdenas Guillén. Corruption, money laundering and alliances with national and Brazilians’ drug dealers and with the Russian mafia. • CGSB It traffics marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine. The Gulf Cartel (Spanish: Cártel del Golfo, Golfos, or CDG) [2] [3] is one of the most powerful drug cartels in Mexico, [4] and perhaps the oldest organized crime group in the country. 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The group has been involved in assassinations and kidnappings worldwide and is known for its extreme widespread violence. "Cocaine is the goose that laid the golden egg. Trafficking of cocaine, marijuana and heroin, human trafficking, arms trafficking, robbery, kidnapping, contraband trafficking, money laundering and alcohol trafficking (formerly) [45], In 2012 the Gulf's Clan also got into conflict with The Office of Envigado over the drug trade in Medellín. In a surprising display of strength, the Gulf's Clan organized a series of coordinated strikes protesting his deaths in northern Antioquia, handing out fliers which referred to the group's former name, the Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces. Gulf cartel Blogs, Comments and Archive News on Economictimes.com The cartel was founded by bootlegger Juan Nepomuceno Guerra in the 1930s, during the Prohibition era in the United States. • Peace process (2012–present) The three remaining leaders remained free (alias Otoniel, Carlos Moreno, alias Nicolás and Aristides Meza, alias El Indio). By 2008, Rendón Herrera was one of the richest and most-wanted traffickers in Colombia. Pablo Escobar’s Medellín Cartel lasted until the year 1993. Sicarios torture rival drug dealers — Shoot woman in her hands, interrogate her on boss’s whereabouts . However, Guerra seized the opportunity and made a better deal with the Cali cartel, betraying Félix Gallardo; resulting in the cartels declaring war against each other. [19] During the 1990s, the PGR, the Mexican attorney general's office, estimated that the Gulf Cartel was "worth over $10 billion US dollars." Northeastern Mexico, Southern United States, Trafficking of cocaine, marijuana and heroin, human trafficking, arms trafficking, robbery, kidnapping, contraband trafficking, money laundering and alcohol trafficking (formerly). https://narcos.fandom.com/wiki/Gulf_cartel?oldid=1616. In the 1980s, the organization began smuggling cocaine into the United States for the Colombians, and were the second biggest drug cartel, second to only the Guadalajara cartel. • MOEC Police blamed Rendón's organization for at least 3,000 homicides between 2007 and 2009. • "False positives" scandal Most of Colombia’s cocaine was produced in territory controlled by the FARC whose guerrillas also protected part of the routes from the cocaine factories to the export hubs. However, El Indio was later arrested on May 21, 2018,[20] while Nicolás was arrested on August 6, 2018. • Marquetalia Republic The group's power base is in the Antioquia, Chocó and Córdoba departments, and they also have presence in La Guajira, Cesar, Santander and in major cities including Medellin and Bogotá. [43] On November 17, 2020, alleged financier and route coordinator of the Clan del Golfo Jorge Eliécer Castaño Toro, alias "Plástico," and his deputy Darwin Abad Sierra, alias "number 17," were arrested by Colombian National Police. He's alleged to have operated drug routes through Texas and Houston. In recent years, the Sinaloa Cartel and the Gulf Cartel have taken over trafficking cocaine from Colombia to the worldwide markets. Since Rendón's capture, the remnants of his organization have fallen under control of the Usuga-David brothers, Juan de Dios and Dario Antonio, two former mid-ranking paramilitaries believed to have worked with Rendón since the 1990s. Gulf cartel Latest Breaking News, Pictures, Videos, and Special Reports from The Economic Times. [11] However, the Clan del Golfo has also been distracted by a direct conflict with FARC dissidents.[12][13]. • M19 Colombia’s cocaine industry is of crucial importance to the drug-trafficking industry. By renegotiating deals with the Cali Cartel, García Ábrego was able to secure … Businesses First, its drug cartels are increasingly more sophisticated and less homogenous. The peace process additionally contained a counternarcotics strategy that allowed coca farmers to switch from coca to legal crops. Nepomuceno Guerra (right) and his nephew Juan Abrego (left) led the cartel in the 1980s [27][3] Álvarez was described as the "brain" of the cartel,[3] and by this point was reported to have taken charge of the cartel's Caribbean operations. "[13] On October 8, 2020, it was revealed was alias El Soldado, was killed in the course of military operations in the Antioquia region of Lower Cacua. Founded in the 1930s, this cartel is currently known as “Cártel del Golfo.” Pablo's cartel mainly operated in Colombia, New York, Florida, and Mexico. The former Gulf Cartel plaza boss for Miguel Aleman pleaded guilty to a federal drug trafficking charge on Friday. United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, AUC) and leftwing insurgent groups (FARC, ELN). [43] This resulted in the cartel losing $70 million. [38] Among those detained were local leaders thought to be responsible for a recent wave of violence. Together they control the drug trafficking routes in the Colombian La Guajira and the Venezuelan state of Zulia, Colombia as the producing country and Venezuela as the main port route toward the U.S. and Europe. [16][17], On January 1, 2011, Juan de Dios Usuga-David, alias "Giovany," was killed in a police raid on a ranch in Choco department. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. [24] The cartel was also estimated to have been reduced to having only 1,500 armed men. In the United States, the Gulf Cartel has cells in Roma, Rio Grande City and Mission. From Urabá, the DTO deployed go-fast boats loaded with cocaine to Central America or the Caribbean, with some estimates putting it at 10 to 20 boats per week. "[42], On October 28, 2020, it was reported that the and Panamanian security forces seized more than two tons of cocaine hydrochloride belonging to the Clan del Golfo. • Peace agreement referendum (2016), • Sinaltrainal v. Coca-Cola (2001) The Sinaloa Cartel, the Gulf Cartel, the Beltrán Leyva group and the Zetas all have abandoned connections that the CJNG have been quick to take over. Gulf Cartel Los Metros members execute rival member from Los Escorpiones in drive-by shooting COLOMBIA: Two hitmen open fire in restaurant, kill two in Jamundi Los Viagras Cartel execute member of Jalisco New Generation Cartel in Petatlán, Guerrero • Nariño massacres (2009) The Gulf Cartel (Spanish: Cártel del Golfo, Golfos, or CDG) is a criminal syndicate and drug trafficking organization in Mexico, and perhaps one of the oldest organized crime groups in the country. What is helping the Clan compete so far is their military discipline: so far they have proved immune to the kind of infighting tearing apart the Paisas or the Oficina. [1][2] It was also reported that rather than Chiquito Malo, fellow Cuarentano-employed trafficker Darío Úsuga Torres, alias “Pueblo," was named by Columbian police as Cuarentano's most likely successor. One clear benefactor of the fall of the Gulf Cartel is its rival group, Los Zetas. Colombia and Mexico remain the two hotbeds of Latin America’s drug trade, with a myriad of cartels competing for dominance in a global industry that generates hundreds of billions in revenue. With an international network, the Gulf Cartel serves more than just the drug trafficking scene. [37] On June 13, 2020, it was revealed that 26 Clan del Golfo members were arrested in Santa Marta. When it comes to drug trafficking, the Gulf's Clan are similar to rival DTOS like the Rastrojos or the Paisas in that they are uninterested in controlling the entire chain of drug production. Hence, we bring you all the latest cartel murders and executions. A Gulf Cartel boss's nephew was shot in the head and left along a Houston street. Rivalries. He recruited many of the fighters once under Freddy's command, as well as ex-members from the defunct AUC. • Bojayá massacre (2002) Abiel Gonzalez-Briones negotiated a deal with federal prosecutors and pleaded guilty Friday morning during a hearing before U.S. District Judge Randy Crane in McAllen. However, the origins of the group can be traced elsewhere, in Colombia's Eastern Plains, where Daniel Rendón Herrera, better known as ‘Don Mario,’ once handled finances for the paramilitary group Bloque Centauros. [11] On June 26, 2020, it was revealed that the Clan del Golfo had started a direct conflict with FARC dissidents called Operation Mil and dispatched 1,000 of its paramilitarians from Urabá, southern Córdoba and Chocó to remove FARC dissents from northern Antioquia and control the entire municipality of Ituango. When Freddy Rendón chose to demobilize in 2006, his brother ‘Don Mario’ seized the opportunity to expand his drug trafficking operations in the Urabá gulf. 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