Mexican cartel expansion: a quantitative examination of factors associated with territorial claims

  • Adam L. DulinEmail author
  • Jairo Patiño


Since the war on Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) began, shortly after Felipe Calderón took office as president in 2006, violence has become the norm in many parts of Mexico. Numerous cartel leaders have been killed or captured during this time, and new leaders have filled the power vacuum. Throughout this process, warring cartel factions have staged intense battles over territory. In this context, DTOs have expanded their territories and their reach. Yet there remains a gap in the collective knowledge on why certain territories are selected over others. While there is a burgeoning literature on the mobility of organized crime groups, it remains new and open to various paths of exploration and analysis. This research builds on the mobility literature, examining the territorial selection of Mexican DTOs. Using a cross-sectional design, the authors examine territorial selection via the issuance of narco-messages. Various factors in the selection of territory are explored.



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.US Department of StateWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.University of New HavenWest HavenUSA

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