The Sinaloa cartel controls an estimated 40% to 60% of the marijuana, cocaine and heroin peddled on the streets of the United States.
Source: Information from US led to arrest
Lpez Nuez, who is believed by many to have taken over the cartel from Guzman, could now follow “El Chapo” across the US-Mexico border. He is expected to face charges in Virginia for alleged distribution of cocaine and money laundering, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation. The United States provided information leading to his arrest, the source said.
In 2015, Guzman staged another daring prison escape through a mile-long tunnel that featured a motorcycle on tracks. The trafficking of heroin, marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine into the United States from Mexico is an annual $19 billion to $20 billion industry, according to a Department of Homeland Security report.
The cartel has reputedly held a dominant share of that market, thanks in part to Guzman’s sophisticated business strategies and Sinaloa’s control of trafficking routes.
A US Customs and Border Protection report that analyzed seizure data along the border between 2009 and 2010 found that “the removal of key personnel does not have a discernible impact on drug flows” into the United States.