“There are two main factors driving the flow of refugees from small towns and villages like Vallecitos, and they are both tied to seismic changes in the cartel universe. The first has to do with an ongoing power struggle in the wake of Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s capture and extradition to the U.S. The second is related to a profound shift in the habits of the cartels’ best customers: American drug users.” The Daily Beast: Mexico’s Murderous Super-Cartel CJNG Is Winning the Narco Game of Thrones.

+ “El Chapo has a lot of sons: The official count is 15, but up to 24 people are rumored to be his offspring. Most of them aren’t in the cartel business, but at least four are said to be key players — and they’ve been continuously staving off challenges to their power since their dad’s imprisonment.” Vice: Everything We Know About El Chapo’s Sons.