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Tue Oct 11, 2016, 07:44 AM

Carnage and corruption: upstart Mexican cartel's path to top

Source: Reuters

WORLD NEWS | Tue Oct 11, 2016 | 8:29am EDT

Carnage and corruption: upstart Mexican cartel's path to top

By Dave Graham | MEXICO CITY

In barely four years, a little-known criminal gang has grown to challenge the world's most notorious drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, for domination of the Mexican underworld, unleashing a new tide of violence.

Once minions of Guzman's Sinaloa Cartel, traffickers of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) have turned on their former masters, seizing territory and buying off thousands of corrupt police.

Led by former policeman Nemesio Oseguera, aka "El Mencho", the gang soon carved out an empire at the expense of weaker rivals.

The speed of its ascent shows how quickly power can shift in Mexico's multi-billion-dollar drugs trade.

Juggling interests from China to North Africa and eastern Europe, the CJNG's bloody advance has pushed murders to their highest levels under President Enrique Pena Nieto, who vowed to restore law and order when he took office in late 2012.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-drugs-insight-idUSKCN12B0G3

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