As the criminal landscape across the Americas continues to evolve, Colombian authorities strongly believe that cartels from Mexico are taking steps to establish themselves deep within Colombia’s borders. It is more likely however, that the Mexican cartels are looking for new partners to fill the void created by FARC’s demobilisation and the decline of the Urabeños’.
It would appear that the Mexican cartels are sending their own members to the regions with the highest concentration of coca crops, as well as to strategic locations within Colombia, know to be used in the drug trafficking trades. The departments of Antioquia, Cundinamarca, Norte de Santander, Valle del Cauca, Nariño, Meta, Guaviare, Vichada y Córdoba have all seen a dramatic increase in the number of Mexican nationals taking up residence within the region. The anti-narcotics police also report the members of the Sinaloa Cartel, the Jalisco Cartel New Generation and the Zetas are attempting to take control of the drug trade in the region following Colombia’s failure to meet quotas for their own Colombian coca.
Despite the increased interest from the Mexican cartels following the demobilisation and subsequent decline of their previous partners, emissaries visiting from Mexico is not something that hasn’t been seen before. In fact, it would appear that Mexico is not looking to take control of the region as a whole, but instead seeking new partners in the area to secure mutually beneficial agreements with. With this new threat of increased drug related activity in the region, the need for a security company in Colombia has never been higher.
The drug trade in Colombia itself has too seen changes implemented in recent years. No longer controlled by one leading gang family, the trade in the region is controlled by different groups at every stage of the production process. It is therefore likely that the Mexicans will need to work with a variety of sub-contracting partners if they want to do business with Colombia at this time.