Milenio Cartel

Milenio Cartel
Milenio Cartel
Founded April 1999
In Uruapan, Michoacán, Mexico
Territory Mexico Mexico : Michoacán, Colima, Jalisco, Mexico City, Puebla, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas
United States United States : California, Oregon, Texas, Illinois, North Carolina, Maryland
Ethnicity Mexican
Criminal activities Drug trafficking, money laundering, murder and arms trafficking.
Allies Sinaloa Cartel, Gulf Cartel, Caballeros Templarios
Rivals Tijuana Cartel, Los Zetas, Beltrán-Leyva Cartel‎‎, Juárez Cartel

The Milenio Cartel, or Cártel de los Valencia, was an organized crime gang originally based in Michoacán, Mexico. The group splintered from the Juárez Cartel in 1999 and it is currently operating as a branch of the powerful La Familia Michoacana,[1] and has relocated to Guadalajara city.[2]

Luis Valencia Valencia took control of the cartel after the arrest of Armando Valencia Cornelio on August 15, 2003.[3] The cartel operates in at least six Mexican states: Michoacán, Colima, Jalisco, Mexico City, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas, where it produces marijuana and heroin. Another relative and close associate is Oscar Nava Valencia.

On October 28, 2009, Oscar "El Lobo" Orlando Nava Valencia was captured after a gun battle with Mexican Army troops in the municipality of Tlajomulco de Zuniga, Jalisco. "El Lobo" and his brother Juan "El Tigre" Nava Valencia were responsible for the planning and movement of cocaine shipments from South and Central America to the port of Manzanillo, Colima from where it was smuggled into the United States.[4]

After the arrest of "El Lobo", Juan Nava Valencia took over the leadership of the Milenio Cartel until May 6, 2010 when he was also arrested by an army operation in Guadalajara.[4]

On January 29, 2011, "El Lobo" was extradited to the United States to face charges of conspiracy and drug trafficking in the Southern District of Texas.[4]

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