Web Editors' Choice 2013

By The Editors - 2013-12-24T19:48:39Z

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The Sinaloa Cartel Hits Chicago

Even as upper-income parts of Chicago have turned into oases of urban prosperity and safety, gang wars on the South and West sides have turned areas around some schools into battlegrounds. Bloomberg writers mapped the boundaries of the Chicago’s gang violence. In one article, John Lippert, Nacha Cattan and Mario Parker travel further out, tracking the origins of the violence in the drug distribution networks that start with the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico and spread tendrils up the nation's highways into Chicago’s neighborhoods. The writers follow the money -- and the violence -- from drug baron Joaquin Guzman’s organization to middleman gangs like the Two-Six and Maniac Latin Disciples to the 500-plus smaller, balkanized gangs vying for control of Chicago’s most dangerous streets.