The United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) revealed in its 2017 edition of the Drug Risk Assessment that the criminal organization to which the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) attributes the disappearance of 43 from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero has increased its operations.
The document details that “it maintains an extensive network in the United States to transport and distribute illicit drugs (mainly heroin) through states in the south, midwest and east.”
In its analysis, the DEA describes the organization whose operations it places in Guerrero, the State of Mexico and Morelos “in worrying growth”, despite only operating in those three states. It mainly traffics Fentanyl or fentanil ( an opioid pain medication) and heroin in cities like Pittsburgh and Chicago.
In the specific document on the organization that “despite its short history, Guerreros Unidos have evolved into a Mexican TCO (drug trafficking organization) of growing concern, with a distribution of drugs, a network that encompasses several major cities in the United States.”
According to the investigation, the criminal group emerged as an independent cartel in 2011, as a split of the Beltrán Leyva, which maintains operations in Guerrero.