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Security Alert: Possible Confrontations between Criminal Organizations and Security Forces in Sinaloa and Son
July 15, 2022

Location:  Sinaloa state and Sonora state

Event:  There is the potential for confrontations between criminal organizations and Mexican security forces in Sinaloa, based on reports of the arrest of a prominent cartel leader.  U.S. citizens should expect to encounter increased Mexican law enforcement presence in both Sinaloa and Sonora. Criminal organization assassinations and territorial disputes can result in bystanders being injured or killed. The Department of State’s Travel Advisory for Sinaloa is Level 4: Do not travel due to crime and kidnapping. The Travel Advisory for Sonora is Level 3: Reconsider travel due to crime and kidnapping.

Actions to Take: 

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Maintain a high level of vigilance and keep a low profile.
  • Monitor local media for updates and in case of emergency, call 911.
  • Review your personal security plans and follow the instructions of local authorities.


Contact Form

U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico

From Mexico: +52-664-977-2000

From the United States:  +1-619-692-2154

Department of State – Consular Affairs:  +1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444