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Los Zetas and hezbollah share money laundering ops

Specialists and U.S. authorities confirm the link with terrorist Ayman Joumaa Zetas

laundering and weapons training are the main points in the relationship between Mexican drug cartels and alleged international terrorist groups operating in the country as Hezbollah.

los zetas and hezbollah shre money laundering links

los zetas and hezbollah share money laundering links

Although not confirmed links between drug trafficking and terrorist groups by Mexican authorities, according to experts and a review by the Strategic Studies Institute United States Army War College was raised otherwise.

The presence in our country last year, a member of Hezbollah and two suspected members of the terrorist group also put on alert Mexican authorities and the United States.

According to a study by the international analyst Douglas Farah, in recent years there has been a relationship that involves just business and money laundering between the cartel Los Zetas and the terrorist organization Hezbollah.

The report, which cites U.S. authorities, notes that Los Zetas have the same money launderer Hizbollah: it is a Lebanese criminal named Ayman Joumaa, 48, who is known to have coordinated in collaboration with the Mexican cartel , smuggling of cocaine from Colombia through Central America and Mexico.

In December 2011 the U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia said Joumaa is the axis that does business between Los Zetas and Hezbollah without any ideological relationship between the two criminal organizations.

It was on December 12 of that year when, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA, for its acronym in English), the U.S. government filed charges against Ayman Joumaa, on charges of drug trafficking and money laundering.

The indictment alleges that he and his accomplices introduced drugs from Colombia to Mexico to Los Zetas and the proceeds would be sent and laundered worldwide to finally be placed on business or accounts belonging to Hezbollah.


According to DEA sources quoted at the time, the criminal activities of Joumaa, who is linked to Hezbollah, facilitated the work of “numerous global drug trafficking organizations, including the criminal activities of the cartel Los Zetas . “

The latest reports from the DEA said the Lebanese citizen in Colombia, currently washing over 200 million dollars a month to support the financing of Hezbollah.

During a hearing before the Armed Services Committee of the U.S. Senate in March 2012, General Douglas Fraser, head of U.S. Southern Command, noted that the Treasury Department had found connections between two criminal groups.

According to the statements, Ayman Joumaa washed about 850 million to Los Zetas through a Canadian bank, and was also accused of smuggling tons of cocaine.

“Although we have not yet seen any international terrorist groups attempt to capitalize on these routes of transfer, we vigilant of the potential threat that transnational criminal organizations collaborate to introduce terrorists,” said Fraser.

For Senator Arturo Zamora Jimenez, who in 2011 denounced Hezbollah’s presence in our country, based on information from the U.S. House of Representatives, it is certain that there are terrorist groups that movement that are conducting training processes criminal groups.

Hezbollah is a political and military power of the Islamic Shia of Lebanon.

It was designated as a foreign terrorist organization in October 1997 and as a threat to the peace process in the Middle East in January 1995.

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Posted by on 01/14/2013 in Crime!, Money Laundering


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Los Zetas lose another leader in Cardel!

Jesus Ramirez Daniel Vargas, the alleged leader of Los Zetas in the city of Cardel died after a confrontation with law enforcement

Los Zetas in confrontation with the military

Los Zetas in confrontation with the military

VERACRUZ, In a clash between the operating elements and Veracruz sure Jesus died suspects Daniel Ramirez Vargas, the alleged leader of the Zetas criminal group in the city of Cardel, belonging to the municipality of La Antigua.

According to a state government release, the incident occurred shortly after noon during a ground survey on the road Cardel-Tamarindo, where “security forces were attacked by criminals, who fled on the roads”.

“He immediately launched a ground and air operation and achieved witthe location of Vargas Ramirez, who confronted the police and was killed,” he said.

He said that after the confrontation seized several weapons and three vehicles, which were made available to the competent authority.

While elements of the Attorney General of the State (PGJE) rushed to the scene to conduct an investigation, of the victim and other proceedings as prescribed by law, and so documented.

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Posted by on 12/21/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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Seven bodies found dismembered in Torreon

The remains were found in plastic bags inside an abandoned farm in the colony Bishopric

The dismembered bodies of seven men were found today in the city of Torreón, Coahuila, authorities said.

The commander of the investigative division of the state police reported that at 02:00 local time (08:00 GMT) the remains were found inside an abandoned farm.

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Early reports indicate that after an anonymous report, investigators discovered the bodies in the colony Bishopric.

“There were seven male trunks and different body parts like hands, arms, legs and feet and heads, six black plastic bags,” the source said.

The bodies were taken to the forensic facilities of the corporation to carry out the surveys of law, the authority said.

Two other bodies were located in different areas of the city streets; two men dead, ages about 22 and 30, allegedly killed by firearms, according to the command.

The city of Torreon has been controlled in recent years by the organized crime group Los Zetas, but the dispute over the territory by the Sinaloa cartel has unleashed multiple clashes between the two bands.

The creation of a national program for the prevention of crime in order to combat the wave of insecurity with comprehensive measures, was placed first in a series of immediate actions announced yesterday the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, in his first address to the nation shortly after taking over as head of state.

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Posted by on 12/03/2012 in Crime!, Latin America Drug kingpins


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10 arrested after shooting in Ocampo, Michoacan

three suspects and two civilians Killed

Among those captured are the commander and deputy director of the municipal police

Ten people, including the commander and deputy director of the Municipal Police of the municipality of Ocampo, Michoacan, were arrested following a shooting that occurred Sunday at the center of this city east of the state, which killed three suspects and two civilians passing by the injured place.

According to sources of the 21st Military Zone in the state, the detainees were held by the National Defense Secretariat, for their alleged involvement in the confrontation which occurred in the center of the municipality of Ocampo, between rival criminal gangs.

The meeting took place around 11:00 hours on Sunday in the main square of the town, where people traditionally do their shopping in the day, go home around noon and seek entertainment.

The suspects have already been transferred to the city of Morelia to be presented to the federal prosecutors, who will determine their legal status.

According to reports from the villagers, a group of armed men arrived aboard several vehicles chasing other subjects, who started a gunfight that lasted several minutes.

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Posted by on 11/19/2012 in Crime!


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two suspected Zetas in Saltillo tied to The Peluso

Detainees are Eduardo Herrera Nuncio, “El Lalo” Alberto Torres and Sergio Nuncio, “The Czech” who confessed to belonging to the criminal group

Detainees are Eduardo Herrera Nuncio, “El Lalo” Alberto Torres and Sergio Nuncio, “The Czech” who confessed to belonging to the criminal group

Staff of the Secretariat of the Navy of Mexico (Semar) said two suspected Zetas in Saltillo, Coahuila, were apparently logistics operators Said Omar Juarez, The Peluso, alleged head of Square in the same city.

The Semar said a patrol in the Latin American colony, Marines spotted two armed men after falling from a vehicle entered a building and at the flagrancy of an alleged offense under federal jurisdiction were stopped in the driveway of the place.

Detainees are Eduardo Herrera Nuncio, Lalo Alberto Torres and Sergio Nuncio, The Czech , who confessed to belong to the criminal group Los Zetas and their job was to look after the weapons allegedly provided them Said Omar Juarez.

The federal agency noted that The Peluso , was the alleged leader of Plaza Saltillo and was secured by elements of Semar November 7.

During the arrest of the two suspects were secured nine rifles, two short, thousand 920 rounds of ammunition for firearms of different caliber, a tube grenade launcher, a grenade, a car and other items.

The detainees, weapons and other objects were secured to the Public Prosecutor of the Federation under the preliminary AP/PGR/SEIDO/UEITMPO/148/2012.

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Posted by on 11/12/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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‘The Diamond’, brother of ‘The Taliban’ Arrested in Tamaulipas

Mauricio Ramirez Tamez, alleged leader of the Gulf Cartel plaza in San Luis Potosi, was arrested Wednesday in Reynosa

Mauricio Ramirez Tamez, “The Diamond” arrested

Military personnel arrested in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Tamez Mauricio Ramirez, nicknamed “Diamond”, alleged leader of the Gulf Cartel plaza in San Luis Potosi, reported the Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA).

In a statement, the agency said that this guy was arrested on Wednesday along with two others, who were assured .38 super nine cartridges, a charger, three cell phones, 550 pesos and two vehicles.

According to research, since 2011 “Diamond” served as manager of the state of Zacatecas to Los Zetas criminal organization, under the leadership of Ivan Velazquez Caballero, alias “the Taliban”, who is also brother.

After “the Taliban” is enlisted with the Gulf Cartel, Tamez Ramirez followed and they went to San Luis Potosí, to organize the offensive against Los Zetas, in order to wrest control of that entity and Zacatecas.

Following the arrest of Velazquez Caballero on September 28, “the Diamond” moved to Reynosa, Tamaulipas, to hide under the protection of the Gulf Cartel, where he was arrested by military personnel.

The Department of Defense explained that this guy concocted the murder of 14 members of a criminal cell on 9 August in the city of San Luis Potosi, for the risk they were stalwarts of Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, “Z-40”.

Tamez Ramirez, his two accomplices and the insured were made available to the relevant authorities for further research and determine responsibilities.

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Posted by on 10/13/2012 in Border, Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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Did Mexico Kill Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano leader of the Zetas Cartel?

Has he been killed?

Mexico may have notched its biggest victory in its six-year offensive against drug cartels with the presumed killing of Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, the leader of the ruthless Zetas cartel.

Lazcano, one of the founding members of the cartel responsible for some of the most violent atrocities that have come to define the drug wars, is believed to have been killed Sunday in a small town in northern Mexico, just 130 miles from the Texas border.

There are “strong indications” that Lazcano, alias “El Lazca,” was among two people killed in a confrontation with marines in Progreso, Coahuila, the Mexican navy said in a statement Monday.

But, the navy added, it will need to carry out more forensic tests to make a final determination.

The Zetas — headquartered in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, directly across the border from Laredo, Texas — make up Mexico’s largest drug cartel in terms of territory. The group has operations in 11 Mexican states

Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano is the subject of a $5 million reward from the U.S. State Department.

Lazcano, who is the subject of a $5 million reward from the U.S. State Department and another $2.3 from Mexican authorities, has been rumored killed or captured several times before.

The cartel is responsible for smuggling tons of cocaine and other drugs annually to the United States, generating many millions of dollars.

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And the name conjures up some of the most violent images of the drug war: a casino fire that killed 52, the deaths of 72 migrants, tortured bodies hanging from bridges.

According to the navy, marines were dispatched Sunday to Progreso in response to complaints of an armed group in town. The marine vehicles were attacked with grenades thrown from a moving vehicle, and a firefight ensued, the navy said.

Two of the attackers were killed, and one marine was injured, the navy said.

Authorities also recovered two assault rifles, a grenade launcher and 12 grenades, as well as a rocket launcher and two rockets, the navy said.

A local newspaper published a slightly different version of events, before news of Lazcano’s possible death was reported.

The Zocalo newspaper reported “moments of panic and terror” when the shootout broke out next to where families where enjoying a baseball game.

According to the newspaper, the shooting started when marines tried to search a suspicious Ford Ranger pickup and its occupants opened fire.

If Lazcano is dead this time, it will be a blow to the cartel but would not necessarily mean its demise. The Zetas are not centralized, as are some other cartels such as La Familia, analysts say.

Another Zetas leader, Ivan Velazquez Caballero, alias “El Taliban,” was captured last month. Velazquez was said to have led a faction of the Zetas that was at odds with the main cartel, led by Lazcano and Miguel Angel Trevino Morales.

Lazcano, 37, joined the Mexican armed forces in 1991 and was part of its elite airborne special forces group, dedicated to battling drug cartels.

Soon after, Lazcano and several other special forces members were recruited by the Gulf cartel to create its enforcement arm, Los Zetas.

In the ensuing years, the Zetas split into their own major drug trafficking organization, and have since branched out into extortion, kidnapping and human smuggling.

The Zetas are in the midst of a bloody turf war with their former employer, the Gulf cartel, and also with the Sinaloa cartel. The fight for access to lucrative smuggling routes in northern and central Mexico has left thousands of civilians dead.

The violence is particularly acute in three northeastern states that are some of the Zetas’ strongest-held territory: Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas.

In May, authorities found 49 decapitated and dismembered bodies along a highway in Nuevo Leon. The orders to commit the grisly crime allegedly came from Lazcano himself, who originally wanted the bodies to be left in a town’s central square.

“100 percent Zeta” was painted in black graffiti on a wall at the entrance of a nearby town, indicating Mexico’s paramilitary-trained cartel had committed another atrocity on a stunningly large scale.

But days after the bodies turned up, new banners turned up hanging in locations throughout the country, purportedly from the Zetas, claiming that the notoriously ruthless cartel had nothing to do with the gruesome crime.

Last year, the bodies of 72 migrants from Central and South America were discovered at a ranch in Tamaulipas state.

The Zetas have been blamed for the mass graves and for the deaths of the migrants.

Mexican officials have said that more than 47,500 people have been killed in drug-related violence since President Felipe Calderon began a crackdown on cartels in December 2006. Some groups say the number is much higher.

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Posted by on 10/09/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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