"We began seeing the weakening of the Sinaloa cartel and the strengthening of the VCF (Vicente Carrillo Fuentes) cartel and La LÃnea in JuÃ¡rez because of the help of Los Zetas cartel since the end of last year," Stratfor's vice president of Tactical Intelligence, Scott Stewart, said.
was one of the speakers at the second day of the U.S.-MÃ©xico Border Security Summit.
conference was at the Doubletree Hotel in Downtown El Paso.
The JuÃ¡rez Chapter of ASIS International
, an organization that provides private security services to businesses all over the world, organized the two-day summit to promote the El Paso-JuÃ¡rez region to chief security officers and representatives of U.S.
presentation of "The Border Potential Treats: Intelligence," Stewart
gave an update on the trends and dynamics of the major drug cartels in MÃ©xico, including the Sinaloa cartel, the Zetas, Jalisco Nueva GeneraciÃ³n, the Gulf cartel, the Knights Templar and the BeltrÃ¡n Leyva organization
The Sinaloa cartel, which battles for turf with the Carrillo-Fuentes drug-trafficking organization, leaving more than 10,000 dead in JuÃ¡rez since 2007, still controls almost all Chihuahua state.
However, Los Zetas, which are the second largest drug-trafficking organization in MÃ©xico and the Sinaloa cartel's biggest rival, has begun to help the Carrillo Fuentes cartel in moving illegal drugs around the El Paso-JuÃ¡rez border in an attempt to regain control of this plaza, Stewart
said that it is unknown how long the Sinaloa cartel is going to resist, but so far this year there has not been a considerable increase of violence in JuÃ¡rez like in the past years.
"We think it is because the Sinaloa cartel's control over JuÃ¡rez is eroding quickly," he
explained the Sinaloa cartel was hit hard with the killing in December of Gonzalo "El Macho Prieto" Inzuza, who was believed to be one of the chief cartel leaders.
It was also impacted by the arrests in January of enforcer JosÃ© Rodrigo ArÃ©chiga Gamboa "El Chino Antrax" and ultimately the capture in February of the cartel's leader JoaquÃn "El Chapo" GuzmÃ¡n.
"Once those guys are out of the picture it makes it more difficult for the Sinaloa cartel to project military power, so we think that is what is helping to keep down the violence," he