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Police arrest 13 suspected Zetas cartel members in Guadalajara

Vasquez Zetas Member
Vasquez Zetas Member

Police arrest 13 suspected Zetas in Guadalajara

One of the detainees received between 100 and 150 thousand dollars to be paid to the services of other members of the cell

GUADALAJARA, Feb. 20. – Mexican authorities today seized 13 people, including two women, who allegedly made up a cell of the group “Los Zetas” in the western state of Jalisco, officials said.

The suspects were arrested this morning in the town of Tlajomulco, about 15 kilometers from Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco, following some traders complained that sought to extort money, reported the Ministry of State Security.

According to the first statements of the group leader, Alfredo Vazquez, detainees were recruited by a “chief zeta”, identified as “Don Jose”, which led to the town earlier this year in order to “execute some criminal actions “.

In addition, Vasquez said he received between 100 thousand and 150 thousand pesos (between 7 thousand and 11 thousand U.S. dollars) every two weeks, which was distributed to members of the cell as payment for his services.

The Security Ministry announced that seven of those arrested are from the state of Guanajuato (central Mexico), four of Durango, (north) and two of Jalisco, and some of them have criminal records.

In the operation state police seized a AR-15 rifle, five handguns and two trucks with plates of Durango.

Military personnel have dismantled, in the same municipality, various laboratories for the manufacture of synthetic drugs, including an industrial type with more than 18 hectares in which were found about 20 tons of chemicals, and seized 15 tons of methamphetamine.

In this region the Zetas operate a group that until 2010 was the armed wing of the Gulf cartel, and Jalisco band New Generation, created following the divisions between drug trafficking organizations after the death of Ignacio Coronel, aka “Nacho Coronel“, a leader of the powerful Sinaloa cartel.

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Posted by on 02/21/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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Lock Down from an Armed Commando Raid!

Closing the doors again!

Closing the doors again!Image by blmurch via Flickr

The shooting sent terror among the communities forcing residents of both towns to lock themselves in their homes, leaving the streets deserted. This also forced the municipal police department to also seek shelter in the local police station.

A heavily armed convoy of gunmen was seen driving through the town of Las Nieves, Durango where they eventually executed 3 men in a town not far called Villa Ocampo. The sicarios took over the town of Villa Ocampo and murdered the tree men in three different locations with total impunity.

One of the men executed was identified as Jose Reyes Acosta, “El Venado,” 41 years of age and resident of Las Nieves, Durango. The other victim was identified as Manuel Antonio Corral Garcia, 24 years of age, also from Las Nieves. The third victims was identified as Jose Narisco Roacho Moreno, “El Chon,” who lives in Villa Ocampo. El Chon is a well known businessman in the community, who was described as stocky build, with a dark complexion and about 28 years of age.

Next to the bodies police found numerous spent casings from a 9mm firearm and 7.62X39 casings consistent with “cuernos de chivo” or AK-47.

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Posted by on 10/24/2011 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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fugitive drug lord Joaquin Guzman, alias “El Chapo,” may be hiding out in the U.S.

Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon told the New York Times that he thinks fugitive drug lord Joaquin Guzman, alias “El Chapo,” may be hiding out in the U.S.

In newly-released extracts, translated into Spanish, from an interview with the newspaper, Calderon expressed his suspicions that Guzman, head of the Sinaloa Cartel, was sheltering on the northern side of the border.

When asked about the recent reports that Guzman’s wife had traveled to Los Angeles to give birth, and whether Mexican authorities had tried to stop and interrogate her about the drug lord’s whereabouts, Calderon replied that that was a question for the U.S. border authorities. He suggested that Guzman might have been present for the birth, and said he wondered why the U.S. authorities didn’t capture the cartel boss.

The president went on to say that “it is amazing that [Chapo] and his wife are so relaxed in the U.S., which leads me to wonder … how many Mexican capos will be more relaxed on the northern side of the border than on the southern side?”

Calderon’s government has often faced accusations of collaborating with the Sinaloa Cartel and lacking the political will to recapture the Sinaloa boss, who escaped from prison in 2001.

Guzman (pictured above, next to image of wife Emma Coronel) has been variously rumored to be hiding out in Argentina, Bolivia, and Guatemala, as well as in his stronghold in the mountains of Durango, Mexico.

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Posted by on 10/20/2011 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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