Former model Claudia Ochoa Félix, speculated to have been associated with the hit squad of notorious Mexican organised crime leader Joaquín Guzmán, died in September from a drug overdose, authorities concluded. Her death, however, is said to have cast a shadow of uncertainty over El Chapo’s former gangs.
Joaquín Guzmán’s Sinaloa cartel is at risk as the status quo in the world of Mexican organised crime is being broken down, Director of the Wilson Centre’s Mexico Institute Duncan Wood told The Daily Star. The death of 35-year-old Claudia Ochoa Félix, said to be a key figure in the hit squad of El Chapo’s gang Los Anthrax, came at a time of uncertainty for the assassin unit, according to the researcher.
“This is an organisation that has a long-standing relationship with the Sinaloa Cartel. What’s unknown is what’s going to happen to that military wing given the fracturing that’s taking place within the Sinaloa Cartel at the moment since El Chapo has been extradited”, he told the outlet.
While the 62-year-old convicted criminal boss’ ex-partner Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada is expected to compete with his two sons for control of the cartel, the organisation is also threatened by the so-called Jalisco New Generation, who are said to have attacked members of the public, soldiers, and police officers in the eastern Mexican state of Jalisco. In this situation, the Los Anthrax hitmen are going to be called upon to do a lot of work, defending the assets and…