Mexican cartels gain ground in European drug trade: Europol
The Hague: Extremely violent Mexican drug gangs including the notorious Los Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel are becoming key players in the European drugs market, police agency Europol warned on Friday.
"Over the last decade, Mexican organised crime groups have developed a central role in the international organised crime landscape," Europol said in a statement.
"They have become global market coordinators in trafficking cocaine for the European and North American markets, and in the production and trafficking of synthetic drugs for the European, North American and Asian markets.
The Mexicans have direct agreements with producers in South America, middlemen in Nigeria and buyers including Italy's 'Ndrangheta crime syndicate, Europol said.