According to a report released by the United Nations, the Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas are expanding their operations and gaining territory in Asia and Africa. Additional information regarding this situation can be accessed below:
. Their goal is to control shipping ports in Asia and Africa which will allow them to create new drug routes into Europe.
. Leon Riaño, the Director of the Colombian National Police, indicated Joaquin Guzman Loera, aka El Chapo Guzman, has created alliances with Colombian cartels and with Oliver Solarte and the Cifuentes Brothers (FARC financiers).
. The above mentioned alliances allow Mexican cartels to transport an estimated 20% of Colombian cocaine shipments into Europe via ports in Sudan and Nigeria.
. In 2008, Los Zetas expanded their operational base into Guatemala and created alliances with local criminal groups.
. Los Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel share drug routes that originate in Colombia and end at ports located in Sierra Leona. Both groups also traffic cocaine shipments that depart from Venezuela, Ecuador, Brazil and are delivered to Africa.
. High impact operations conducted by Mexican authorities against drug trafficking during the Calderon administration (2006-2012) forced DTOs to expand their drug routes into Central America.
. Once in Europe, DTOs traffic cocaine using local gangs. According to Europol, El Chapo has presence in Portugal, Spain, Germany, Italy, Poland, and the Czech Republic. As for Los Zetas, they created an alliance with the Ndrangheta in Italy. From Italy, the Ndrangheta is responsible for distributing cocaine in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, France, Belgium, Spain, Bulgaria, and Albania.
. In 2011, Italian police arrested 45 individuals linked to an unspecified Mexican cartel (most likely Los Zetas).
. In addition to drug trafficking, Los Zetas are involved in human trafficking between Europe and Mexico.
. Routes for chemical precursors begin in China, India, and Thailand and end at ports located in Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacan, Manzanillo, Colima, and Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala. Once in Mexico, these precursors are utilized to produce synthetic drugs at labs in Michoacan, Jalisco, Sinaloa, and Sonora.