With the arrest of Benjamin Arellano Felix and reports that brother Ramon has been killed by Mexican authorities, we hope that one of the most notorious drug cartels in Mexico is on the verge of collapse. But one would be naive to celebrate too soon.
Even if the Arellanos lose their grip on the Tijuana and Mexicali drug trafficking trade, there are rival cartels that may smell fresh blood and attempt to swoop in and assume control of the area. The result, we fear, could be more bloodshed along the border as sides battle for control of the importation major routes.
Then again, maybe the Arellano Felix cartel is far from defeated. Yes, Benjamin was the brains of the operation, according to U.S. authorities, so that is a big loss for the family. Ramon was the enforcer, the cold-blooded killer who used terror to reign over the area. If he is dead, that is another big hit to the family.