2008 Power List:
  1. Fernando SÁnchez Arellano

    and Heriberto Lazcano

A haul of weapons that was seized after a gun battle in the border town of Tijuana is displayed by the army March 7, 2008. Soldiers seized over 90 weapons, almost 50,000 rounds of ammunition and over 400kg of marijuana and made 3 arrests. REUTERS/Jorge Duenes (MEXICO)


Reputed Drug Kingpins (Ages: 34 and 29)

The War on Terror has eclipsed the War on Drugs, but Mexico's escalating narcotics conflict, which is being fought within spitting distance of the United States, may change that. There were more than 330 drug-related killings in Tijuana over the first 10 months of the year—including 140 during a 25-day stretch when bodies were found decapitated or dissolved in vats of acid. Amid this battle for control of the cross-border trade, Fernando Sánchez Arellano, a nephew of the Arellano Felix cartel's founders, has reportedly enlisted as muscle longtime rival Heriberto Lazcano, a man who has purportedly fed victims to his ranch animals. "It's Darwinian—survival of the most conniving, brutal, and luckiest," says Bruce Bagley, a professor of international studies at the University of Miami. Sánchez Arellano and Lazcano may not reign long, but with an estimated 90 percent of U.S. cocaine coming in across the Mexican border and up to $25 billion being sent back each year, who can blame them for wanting to be drug kings for a day?


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