Map: Mexico's drug cartels

The areas of influence of major Mexican drug trafficking organisations.

    Click on a territory to learn more about a cartel.

    Mexican drug trafficking organisations rose to prominence following the collapse of several powerful Colombian drug cartels operating in the country in the 1990s. 

    The arrests of key Mexican cartel leaders in recent years have led to increased violence as the government wages a war against the drug gangs and cartels fight for control of trafficking routes into the United States.

    According to the Mexican government there are seven drug cartels operating in Mexico. This map shows the areas of control of the major cartels: Gulf, Sinaloa, Juarez and Tijuana.

    *Note: The regions of cartel control are fluid and are not as clearly defined as the map suggests.

    Sources of data for the map include a 2007 US Congressional Research Service report and information from Strategic Forecasting, Inc.

    View a larger version of this map on Google Maps, or try the Adobe Flash version at UMapper.com

    MORE:
     Special report - Mexico in the crossfire
     Focus - Inside Mexico's drug cartel armies
     Video - US addicts feed drugs trade

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.