La Familia - Core Network

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1. Specialized critical nodes

1.1. Executive Council

1.1.1. Businessmen

1.1.2. Government Officials

1.1.3. Representatives from regional/ municipal cells

1.1.4. Behind the scenes power supported by the region's economic structure

1.2. Regional/ municipal cells (25-50)

1.2.1. Leaders

1.2.1.1. Plaza Chiefs

1.2.1.1.1. Each Plaza Chief controlled 1 to several municipalities

1.2.1.2. Number two operative/ enforcere

1.2.2. Operatives

1.2.2.1. Puntas/ Lookouts

1.2.2.1.1. Local lookouts who report on police and military movements

1.2.2.2. Couriers

1.2.2.3. Drivers

1.3. Factions

1.3.1. Twelve Apostles

1.3.1.1. Security Team (Led by El Chango)

1.3.2. Los Historicos/ "The Historic Ones"

1.3.2.1. Links with Los Zetas

1.3.3. Los Extorsionistas/ "The Extortionists"

1.3.3.1. Businessmen / Growers who extort money

1.3.4. Los Cobradores de Deudas/ "Debt Collectors"

1.3.4.1. Allied with the Milenio and Sinoloa Cartels

1.3.4.2. Traffic in methamphetamines

1.3.5. (unnamed)

1.3.5.1. Sales of pirated films, DVDs, computer software, and video games

1.3.6. La Nueva Administración/ "The New Administration"

1.3.6.1. Hitmen for the cartel

1.3.7. Los Yonqueros

1.3.7.1. Carry out kidnappings in Mexico state and the DF

2. Core group

2.1. Command and Control

2.2. Relatively small (20 or less people)

2.3. Specialized roles and responsibilities

2.3.1. Function

2.3.1.1. Drug Trafficking

2.3.1.1.1. “El Chango” Méndez Vargas

2.3.1.2. Alliances with other Cartels

2.3.1.2.1. “El Chayo” Nazario Moreno González

2.3.1.3. Drug sales to the US

2.3.1.3.1. Plancarte Solís Enrique “El Kike”

2.3.1.4. PR / Spokesperson

2.3.1.4.1. “Servando “La Tuta” Gómez Martínez

2.3.2. Geography

3. Linkages

3.1. Tight Coupling

3.2. Hierarchical, vertical relationships

3.3. Associational relationships

3.3.1. Residents of Michoacán (Michocanos)

3.3.1.1. Young males from the dispossessed (NAFTA, 2008-2010 economic recession)

3.3.1.1.1. Drug/ alcohol addicts

3.3.1.1.2. Juvenile delinquents

3.3.1.1.3. Others who feel alone, isolated, and abandoned

3.3.2. Family / Kinship

3.4. Formal recruitment / indoctrination (intense)

3.4.1. Rehabilitation for drug/ alcohol addiction

3.4.2. 2 month program

3.4.2.1. Periods of silence

3.4.2.2. Intensive bible study

3.4.2.3. Exposure to Evangelical-style speakers

3.4.3. Training for potential gunmen

3.4.3.1. In groups of 40, track, shoot, stab, and cook 15 victims

3.5. Formal membership

3.5.1. Insignia (three-piece patch)

3.5.2. Rank structure

3.5.3. Club rules / member discipline

3.5.4. Carry/ Distribute the "Good Book"

3.5.5. Retaliation against authorities who pursue their leaders (reinforces morale)

3.5.6. Propaganda techniques

3.5.6.1. Public Relations

3.5.6.1.1. Narco-banners

3.5.6.1.2. Newspaper ads

3.5.6.2. Extreme Violence

3.5.6.2.1. Decapitations

3.5.6.2.2. Kills/ tortures/ humiliates alleged criminals

3.5.6.2.3. Threatening notes left alongside corpses

4. Strong collective identity

4.1. Quasi-Religious/ Evangelical

4.1.1. Rehabilitation, empowerment, and self-renewal

4.1.2. Lord's Work

4.1.2.1. Protect the vulnerable population of the state

4.1.2.2. Safeguarding women

4.1.2.3. Preventing/ limiting the local sale of drugs

4.1.2.4. Rehabilitation centres

4.1.2.5. Control outside cartels and gangs

4.1.2.6. Social work

4.1.3. Divine Justice

4.1.3.1. Targeting only "those who deserve to die"

4.1.3.1.1. Rapists

4.1.3.1.2. Robbers

4.1.3.1.3. Corrupters of youth