Security & Strategic Review - January 2024

MEXICO: Another well-timed arrest

Mexico’s security forces have a habit of capturing high-profile drug traffickers several days before or after meetings between Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his US counterpart Joe Biden. This pattern was once again repeated on 22 November when Mexico’s national guard (GN) captured Néstor Isidro Pérez Salas ‘El Nini’, the alleged security enforcer of Los Chapitos, the faction of the Sinaloa drug trafficking organisation (DTO) that the US claims bears primary responsibility for the production and trafficking of the synthetic opioid fentanyl.

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