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What is the importance of crystal methamphetamine in the Gulf Cartel's commercial portfolio ? Is there any research data that shows market share of individual narcotic types for each of the Mexican cartels ? And the market share 'held' by different narcotic types globally ?

Peter - How I wish I had a document or pie charts that show all that information! That doesn't mean it's not out there. If I had to guess, I'd say that any reports containing that data might be for law enforcement use only - meaning it's not available to the general public. I have read some open-source USDOJ reports that only say that marijuana comprises the biggest chunk of drugs moved by Mexican DTOs, or that certain DTOs are more into trafficking meth or coke than another. But as far as specific percentages/market share, I don't know if anybody knows the details outside of DTO "management." The DEA and Mexican authorities probably have good estimates, but I'm not privy to that information anymore. If you do come across anything in your search, please let me know!

I do not believe that the Zetas are associated with the Gulf Cartel anymore. The past year has yielded unprecedented killings between the two gangs in order to take control of the region. The Zetas were also the enforcement wing for the Gulf Cartel prior to Cardenas' arrest; contrary to the original posting.

This is the perfect example that noone knows what exactly is going on in the minds of the drug cartels. the information above is at best a guesstimate at what the cartels goals are.the only time top cartel leaders are busted is when one turns on each other and if it was not for that the mexican and U.S. would have a ZERO count of top cartel leaders busted.I am in no way on any side of this battle.And it seems to me that president calderon is after power and glory and he is causing a great deal of caos and grief for it.Maybe he needs to take a step back and rethink his plans of going after the cartels with violence.

A surge of violence will arrive with the recent capture of the top bosses , maybe the zetas and sinaloa federation will try to take over the state of tamaulipas

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