La guarida de El Mencho, en los límites de Jalisco y Michoacán en inglés), a la par de Ismael, El Mayo, Zambada y Rafael Caro Quintero. Unlike “El Chapo,” Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada hasn’t spent years in prison. .. Proceso En La Guarida De El Mayo Zambada Drug Cartel, Mafia, Betrayal. Proceso En La Guarida De El Mayo Zambada Drug Cartel, Mafia, Betrayal, Unlike “El Chapo,” Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada hasn’t spent years in prison.

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But Zambada is likely to discover, much as Guzman did, that inheriting the throne of top capo comes with a series of complications worthy of a Shakespearean king. Like his predecessor, Zambada is a country boy made good mzyo hails from the badlands of Sinaloa, the traditional heart of Mexican drug-smuggling culture. Though he has enjoyed less publicity than Guzman, he has long been considered a high-level target for U. Now that pressure is likely to increase substantially.

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As long as Zambada remains zambxda, however, close observers of the Mexican drug world will be analyzing the little that is known about his style in an effort to divine the future for his global drug empire. They will also be guaridq to Zambada’s personal history — particularly his longtime business alliance with Guzman.

The current state of that partnership could be the difference between a smooth succession within the Sinaloa cartel and a bloody fracturing of what has long been a loose-knit and volatile confederation of killers, smugglers and outlaws. Does he want it?

If he does that, he knows the U.

Chapo, through his lawyers, will send a message to El Mayo that he has to take over the cartel, simply because he’s the only guy there for a smooth transition.

In a interview with the weekly Mexican dek Proceso, Zambada, whose nickname is a diminutive often given to boys named Ismael in Sinaloa, said that he and Guzman “are friends, compadres,” who “talk on the phone regularly. They are of roughly the same generation Guzman, officials say, is either 56 or 59grew up poor in rural Sinaloa, and both sport cowboy-style mustaches. Both men have also spent decades in the drug business, the reason the U.


Zambada is said to have begun at age 16 — “since before Christ resurrected Lazarus,” Michael S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s former chief of international operations, said in an interview Friday.

Early on, Vigil said, Zambada worked majo Mexicali dell, lording over the region against rival drug smugglers.

Eventually, Zambada and Guzman formed a bond. Inthey were said to be among the emerging cartel leaders who were granted control of key geographical sectors of Mexico by Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, a powerful capo of the era known as “El Padrino,” or the Godfather. At the time, Felix was seeking gyarida disaggregate the drug trade’s leadership, making it more difficult to police.

According to federal grand jury indictments filed in and against Zambada, Guzman and others, the two men came to control two distinct and powerful factions in the Sinaloa cartel.

Azmbada said they continued their alliance in order to more effectively coordinate massive shipments of cocaine and heroin to U. In Mexico, there were rules, but Guzman, in particular, was happy to break them. On the website of the Mexican newsmagazine Nexos last week, Guillermo Valdes Castellanos, the former director of the Mexican government’s Center for Investigation and National Security, said that the meeting with El Padrino established dues that regional drug chiefs would have to pay to move through another’s territory.

Guzman frequently ignored these territories in his quest for expansion — one reason why Mexico saw so many battles break out in key nodes on the drug route, including Tijuana and Nuevo Laredo.

Now, Valdes argues, it is Zambada who will have to decide whether to continue with the same adversarial approach. What’s less clear is whether, with the detention of Guzman Loera, his business model will come to an end,” Valdes wrote, referring to Guzman by his full surname.

Little is known about Zambada’s management style. Writer Malcolm Beith, in his book, “The Last Narco,” credited him with a sophisticated business acumen, saying he was careful not to flood the U.

They respect him because he is one of the old drug traffickers in Mexico, and he’s also very feared because, like Chapo, he will exert violence. Not in a wholesale manner. He’s a little more surgical. Because he knows it’s bad for business. gkarida


The Zambada faction and what remains of Guzman’s faction may still be close. But there is also a possibility that one may have betrayed the other, a not-uncommon occurrence in the Mexican drug world.

A few days before Guzman’s Feb. Two of Zambada’s sons are in U.

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One of them, Jesus Vicente Zambada, has argued in court documents that he should be immune from prosecution because he was cooperating with U. Zambada’s interview with Proceso was a rare moment when he stepped into the spotlight. Zambada himself requested the interview and posed for a picture with guarjda writer.

He ended up on the cover, in an eggplant-colored Izod shirt and a hunting cap, looking defiant and a little paunchy.

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In the story, Zambada bragged of his extensive knowledge of the Mexican backcountry, where he often hides from authorities. He has never been apprehended, in marked contrast with Guzman, who was arrested inand then made a high-profile escape from a Mexican federal prison in guaeida The jailbreak made him as famous as any soap opera star. After his escape, Guzman was known for making occasional flashy appearances at crowded restaurants.

Zamvada is not the case with Zambada, which may make him tougher to track. Vigil, the ex-DEA official, said that Zambada may also have had plastic surgery to alter his appearance. Nor is he likely to surrender. In the Proceso interview, Zambada was asked whether he would commit suicide if he was ever caught. Fausset reported from Mexico City and Serrano from Washington.

That will do little to stem speculation in and outside Mexico. You are now following this newsletter. Be the first to comment Hide Comments.