This is how the Mexican news agency of El Universal begins its article, where it explains that the no. 1 cartel in the cocaine trafficking world, has spread its tentacles in countries of Eastern Europe.
This region already clears millions of dollars of drug trafficking by exploiting the lack of law enforcement in these countries.
Mexican intelligence authorities have discovered that the leader of a faction of the Sinaloa cartel, Ismael Zambada García, known as El Mayo, is allied with the Albanian mafia. The US is offering to pay $15 million dollars for information leading to his capture.
According to the article published on El Universal, El Mayo has created close ties with the Albanian brothers Luftar, Arben, Fatos, and Ramiz Hysa.
This Albanian criminal group has been targeted by law enforcement authorities for illegal activity recorded in the tourism and casino sectors in both Mexico and Albania.
According to “El Universal” sources, the four Albanians own a network of casinos and businesses in Sonora, Baja California, and Quintana Roo.
Millions of dollars are laundered there from organized crime.
In addition, they invest large sums of money in Albania to clean them up.
Investments are focused on gambling activities and the tourism sector.
It is clarified in the article that Albanians are carrying out an operation on behalf of the Sinaloa cartel to transfer millions of dollars to their country through the companies they have.
The tie-up is an opportunity for Mexicans to expand into Albania, a small ex-communist country that is being lured by money from illegal activities.
According to the article, this Albanian group is also related to the New Generation Cartel.
Before the alliance with ‘El Mayo’, Albanians only had connections with Colombian and Ecuadorian drug traffickers in Latin America.