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Tijuana Cartel
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Tijuana Cartel

Areas predominately controlled by the Tijuana Cartel shown in purple. Founded 1989
Founding location Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Years active 1989–present[1]

Territory Mexico:
Tijuana, Baja California
United States:

Ethnicity Mexican

Criminal activities Drug trafficking, money laundering,People smuggling, murder, arms trafficking, bribery[2]

Allies Juárez Cartel, Los Zetas,[3] Oaxaca Cartel

Rivals Sinaloa Cartel, Gulf Cartel[3]

The Tijuana Cartel (Spanish: Cártel de Tijuana or Arellano-Félix Organization or Cártel Arellano Félix - CAF) is a Mexican drug cartelbased in Tijuana. The cartel was described as "one of the biggest and most violent criminal groups in Mexico".[4] The Tijuana Cartel was featured battling the rival Juárez Cartel in the 2000 motion picture Traffic. Contents

• 1 History
• 2 Organization
• 3 Activities
• 4 Captures and trial
• 5 See also
• 6 References
• 7 Bibliography
• 8 External links
History[edit source | editbeta]
Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, the founder of the Guadalajara Cartel was arrested in 1989. While incarcerated, he remained one of Mexico's major traffickers, maintaining his organization via mobile phone until he was transferred to a new maximum security prison in the 1990s. At that point, his old organization broke up into two factions: the Tijuana Cartel led by his nephews, the Arellano Félix brothers, and the Sinaloa Cartel, run by former lieutenants Héctor Luis Palma Salazar and Joaquín Guzmán Loera, a.k.a. El Chapo. Currently, the majority of Mexico's smuggling routes are controlled by three key cartels: Gulf, Sinaloa and Tijuana —though Tijuana is the least powerful. The Tijuana cartel was further weakened in August 2006 when its chief, Javier Arellano Félix, was arrested by the U.S. Coast Guard on a boat off the coast of Baja California.[5] Mexican army troops also were sent to Tijuana in January 2007 in an operation to restore order to the border city and root out corrupt police officers, who mostly were cooperating with the Tijuana cartel. As a result of these efforts, the Tijuana cartel is unable to project much power outside of its base in Tijuana.[6] Much of the violence that emerged in 200...

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