Operation Sinaloa

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Operation Sinaloa
Part of Mexican Drug War
Date 2008–present
Location Sinaloa, Mexico
Result Ongoing
Sinaloa Cartel Beltrán-Leyva Cartel
Los Zetas
Commanders and leaders
Flag of Mexico.svg Felipe Calderón
Flag of Mexico.svg Guillermo Galván Galván
Joaquín Guzmán Loera (Captured)
Ismael Zambada García
Ignacio Coronel Villarreal 
Héctor Beltrán Leyva
Edgar Valdez Villarreal (Captured)
Sergio Villarreal Barragán (Captured)

Operation Sinaloa or Operation Culiacan - Navolato (Spanish: Operacion Sinaloa/Operacion Conjunto Sinaloa) is an ongoing Anti-drug trafficking operation in the Mexican state of Sinaloa by the Federal Police and the Mexican Armed Forces. Its main objective is to cripple all cartel organizations such as the Sinaloa Cartel, Beltrán-Leyva Cartel and Los Zetas that operate in that state. The Military was deployed in response to the murder of Mexico's Federal Police commissioner Édgar Eusebio Millán Gómez.


President Felipe Calderón's government ordered massive raids on drug cartels upon assuming office in December 2006 in response to an increasingly deadly spate of violence in his home state of Michoacán. The decision to intensify drug enforcement operations has led to an ongoing conflict between the federal government and the Mexican drug cartels. Sinaloa is home to the Sinaloa cartel and Beltrán-Leyva Cartel who are at war with each other since there break in 2008 due to the arrest of Alfredo Beltrán Leyva (a.k.a. El Mochomo, "The Desert Ant") on January 20, 2008. Beltrán Leyva's arrest[1][2] was a huge blow to the Sinaloa Cartel, as he allegedly oversaw large-scale drug-smuggling operations and was a key money launderer for the cartel.

In apparent revenge for the arrest of his brother Alfredo, Arturo Beltrán Leyva ordered the assassination of the commissioner of the Federal Police, Édgar Eusebio Millán Gómez and other top federal officials in the Mexican capital.[3][4] One group of these hit men was captured in a Mexico City house with dozens of assault rifles, pistols, grenade launchers, 30 hand grenades, and bullet-proof jackets bearing the legend FEDA — the Spanish acronym for 'Special Forces of Arturo'. Apparently, the Beltrán Leyva brothers blamed their boss Joaquin "Chapo" Guzmán for their brother's arrest,[5] and ordered the assassination of Guzmán's son,[6] 22 year-old Édgar Guzmán López, which was carried out in a shopping center parking lot by at least 15 gunmen using assault rifles and grenade launchers.[7]


  • January 3 - Mexican military and police personnel discover 252.7 kilos of cocaine inside freight containers on board a ship in the port of Mazatlán.[8]
  • May 22 - In Culiacán, Sinaloa, acting on an citizen's complaint that armed men were present inside a household in Culiacán's Colonia Guadalupe. Mexican troops from the 24th Motorized Cavalry Regiment and 94th Infantry Battalion raided the household and seized $ 6 million dollars, 13,831 rounds of ammunition, and 16 magazines but no suspects were apprehended.[13]
  • May 24 - Mexican Naval air and ground units intercepted two small boats carrying 3 tons of marijuana and close to 2 kilos of marijuana seeds in Altata, Sinaloa.[14]
  • May 27 - Mexican marines and Federal Police forces conducted a search raid on two houses in Navolato. Marine and Police personnel discovered and seized three assault rifles, 2 rifle magazines and 33 cartridges. 3 trucks were also seized, inside two of them various packages of marijuana was discovered.[15]
  • June 5 - Mexican marines locate and destroy 1,200 marijuana plants inside a plantation outside the town of El Naranjo. Also, in another part of the state 3 individuals were arrested in a military checkpoint they were in possession of 400 grams of crystal meth, 3 packages of marijuana with a weight of 400 kilos, 2 assault rifles and two trucks.[16]
  • June 9 - Due to a maritime and aerial patrol, Mexican naval units seized two small boats carrying 4 tons of marijuana.[17] Days later, The Mexican Navy incinerated the seized marijuana.[18]


  • February 18 - Mexican Marines discover 21 grams of cocaine hidden inside the tires of a pick up truck that was stopped for inspection in Mazatlán.[19]
  • June 12 - Mexican marines locate and seized a drug laboratory filled with 50 thousand liters of liquid Ephedrine 46 kilometers north of Culiacán.[22]
  • October 12 - With the help of a U.S. Navy ship, Mexican Naval personnel intercepted the ship vessel "FIONA" of the coast of Clarion Island. 4 individuals and 500 kilos of cocaine were seized.[23]


  • March 31 - In various parts around Culiacán, Troops from the 9th military zone seized 7 kilos 200 grams of crystal that was found inside the compartmen of a truck, A clandestine laboratory for producing synthetic drugs with 65 liters of Methamphetamine, 30 assault rifles, 23 magazines, one vehicle and $30 thousand.[26]
  • April 30 - For two days, SIEDO agents supported by hundreds of marines initiated various household raids in Mazatlán. two individuals were arrested.[27]
  • May 1 - In Cualiacan, Sinaloa, A Municipal Police commander was ambushed and shot dead in his Patrol Vehicle in the Colonia of Ferrocarrilera.[28]
    • Los Mochis, Government officials announced that 500 Federal Police officers will be deployed in the Municipality of Ahome to reinforce the municipal police. Less than 150 of those Federal Officers will be send to Los Mochis.[29]


  1. ^ Wilkinson, Tracy (27 May 2012). "Sinaloa cartel, Zetas push Mexico's drug violence to new depths". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 11 November 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Major Mexican drug cartel suspects arrested, officials say". CNN (in English). January 20, 2008. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  3. ^ Planearon los Beltrán Leyva homicidio de Edgar Millán: PFP
  4. ^ Mexico plagued by new wave of gangland murders
  5. ^ "Mexican Drug Cartels: Government Progress and Growing Violence". STRATFOR Global Intelligence. December 11, 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  6. ^ Revela laptop operaciones de los Beltrán Leyva
  7. ^ Sinaloa, en jaque por la violencia tras ser asesinado hijo del Chapo
  8. ^ Secretaria de Marina-Armada de Mexico - Comunicado de Prensa 001/2008
  9. ^ Capturan al primo del 'Chapo' Guzmán en Sinaloa
  10. ^ Inicia operativo contra el narco en Culiacán
  11. ^ Mexico sends troops to fight Sinaloa drug cartel | Reuters
  12. ^ Despliega Ejército soldados en Sinaloa
  13. ^ Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional
  14. ^ Secretaria de Marina-Armada de Mexico - Comunicado de Prensa 122/2008
  15. ^ Secretaria de Marina-Armada de Mexico - Comunicado de Prensa 126/2008
  16. ^ Secretaria de Marina-Armada de Mexico - Comunicado de Prensa 138/2008
  17. ^ Secretaria de Marina-Armada de Mexico - Comunicado de Prensa 142/2008
  18. ^ Secretaria de Marina-Armada de Mexico - Comunicado de Prensa 144/2008
  19. ^ Secretaria de Marina-Armada de Mexico - Comunicado de Prensa 051/2009
  20. ^ Detienen al hijo de El Mayo Zambada - El Universal - Sociedad
  21. ^ [1][dead link]
  22. ^ Secretaria de Marina-Armada de Mexico - Comunicado de Prensa 164/2009
  23. ^ Secretaria de Marina-Armada de Mexico - Comunicado de Prensa 269/2009
  24. ^ La PF detiene en Culiacán a hermano del “Jefe de Jefes” - El Universal - Primera
  25. ^ [2][dead link]
  26. ^ Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional
  27. ^ Realizan Armada y SIEDO 12 cateos en Mazatlán
  28. ^ debate.com.mx - Comandante de la Municipal es ultimado a balazos
  29. ^ debate.com.mx - Esperan 150 elementos federales para Ahome