The unconfirmed reports go some way to easing fears of the imminent outbreak of a major war — either within factions of the Sinaloa cartel, or between this group and the rapidly expanding Jalisco New Generation Cartel.
The abduction of one of the kingpin's sons has triggered fears of a violent backlash, with reports suggesting another, more important, son might have been kidnapped as well.
In the bastion of the Sinaloa cartel fears are growing that the recapture of El Chapo, and the demise of the old-guard leaders, could give the more impulsive generation of narcojuniors free rein.
Guadalupe Fernández Valencia, known as “The Boss,” is said to be one of the highest ranking women in the cartel and is wanted in the United States on trafficking charges.
Many exotic animals can be obtained legally in Mexico, a system condemned by critics as “inhumane.” And these pets have become status symbols for drug-traffickers looking to flaunt their wealth and power.