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EL Chapo back in the news

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Members of “El Chapo” Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel tried to buy high-powered weaponry, including surface-to-air missiles and anti-tank weapons, according to US government reports, suggesting that the powerful drug trafficking syndicate is seeking to make a quantum leap in its military capacity.

According to the US Justice Department, the Sinaloa Cartel, the Zetas and the Familia Michoacana all established arms trafficking networks that allowed them to import high caliber assault weapons and military equipment from the United States, reported Mexico’s El Universal.

In three of the 25 cases detailed, which span from 2007 to 2012, undercover agents with the US Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco (ATF) bureau managed to prevent Sinaloa Cartel operatives from obtaining weapons including Stinger surface-to-air missiles and various anti-tank weapons.

Over the time period, US security forces broke up several arms trafficking cells, arresting a number of men on both sides of the border. Among the US arrests were ex-military personnel. The various trafficking cells operated out of Texas, Florida, Arizona, New Mexico and California.

One of the reasons El Chapo has managed to evade capture for so long is thanks to his small army of private security, which in 2009 consisted of 300 personal bodyguards, according to a US diplomatic cable obtained by Wikileaks.

With El Chapo believed to favor isolated hideouts, the type of high-powered weaponry mentioned in the reports would help repel security forces raids before they even came within touching distance of the infamous drug lord, while surface to air missiles would offer protection against raids carried out with helicopters.

The reports also highlight what is a broader and ongoing issue — the trafficking of arms from the United States to Mexico. The price and accessibility of arms in the United States makes it an ideal source country, not only for Mexico, but also for other crime-plagued Latin American countries, including Colombia, where there have been numerous cases showing how US-purchased weapons end up in the hands of Colombian gangs and drug trafficking organizations.

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Posted by on 08/12/2013 in 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.

Gulf Cartel boss arrested

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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U.N. Los Zetas cartel uses “blatant violence” to gain control

U.N. Los Zetas cartel uses “blatant violence” to gain control

The Los Zetas cartel uses “blatant violence” because it seeks to control not only the drug trade routes but whole territories, said the representative of the UN office on drugs in remarks published on Tuesday by the press.”

The Mexican and Central American experiences are showing us a new way of operation by organized crime. This organization (Los Zetas) is not satisfied with controlling the routes, but are concerned about controlling the majority of territories in the country, “said Antonio Mazzitelli, the representative office of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Mazzitelli said the Los Zetas criminal group led by former military deserters “tries to gain hegemonic control of the illegal criminal markets and where they control and maintain their own law through blatant use of violence.”

The UN official said that while criminal groups try to hide their mafia structure the bodies of their victims are proof of the crimes they commit, “the Zetas, to the contrary, they show their atrocities.”

“They use violence because they want control of the territory and thus have to prove they have the ability to impose their law,” he said in remarks in Cancun, hosting a technical meeting with representatives across America to develop a regional framework against organized crime.

“Hence the use against media violence,” Mazzitelli said in relation to the large number of killings of journalists, where the Zetas try to control and manage the information disseminated about drug trafficking in recent years in the country.

Regarding the Sinaloa cartel, led by the powerful drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and bitter rival of the Zetas, he said, they “are a multinational organization for drugs which is limited to drug trafficking without trying to control the territories.”

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Posted by on 05/30/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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Guatamala Detects that the Mexican Zetas gang trains the Mara Salvatrucha

Detect that Zetas gang trains the Mara Salvatrucha

Guatemalan authorities say the Zetas gang of drug traffickers is training Mara Salvatrucha in paramilitary camps

Mara Salvatrucha
Mara Salvatrucha being trained by the Mexican Zetas gang

GUATEMALA. April 7. – The Zetas are recruiting gang members of Mara Salvatrucha for training in paramilitary camps in Mexico, Guatemalan authorities said.

For years, the Zetas gang has controlled the criminal networks in the cities of the country and are responsible for much of the extortions, kidnappings, assaults and murders.

The Zetas want the gangs to generate chaos in Guatemala City, capital of the country, to distract the actions and resources of the authorities and thus ensure the control of rural land routes used for drug trafficking with the support of the intelligence provided by a local criminal sophisticated structure, said Guatemalan authorities.

The maras can improve their criminal operations and make more money with access to military training, long-range weapons and drugs for sale or consumption, the authorities concerned.

“In this union with Los Zetas , (the) Mara Salvatrucha is more capable of articulation, strategy and more maneuverability, “said Stuart Velasco, chief coordinator of the Task Forces of the Ministry of Interior.

According to police intelligence sources, Los Zetas seek to recruit five thousand employees. “The strategy is that the Mara Salvatrucha chaos concentrated in the metropolis to keep it clear of drug runners inside the country, “says the source.

The presence of Mexican cartels in Guatemala, particularly the Zetas, led the government of Alvaro Colom to impose states of emergency in the provinces of Peten in May 2011 and in Alta Verapaz in December 2010.

The Minister Lopez Bonilla says that in addition to Los Zetas criminal groups are more American territory: “They are like 22 groups in different areas,” he said, “the most important and dangerous is that of Los Zetas , because not only engage in drug trafficking take control of the criminal structure and completely take over all kinds of activities. “

Velasco, who is coordinating police operations against criminal groups in the country, explained that “they know that the economic benefit is great and that Los Zetas, being a foreign group, need their networks to increase their operational level in Guatemala. “

The information on the alliance between gangs and mushrooms came after the arrest of 50 people linked to the massacre at a cattle farm of Petén on 14 May that killed 27 people, 25 of them beheaded a senior official of the Attorney General.

The Zetas seek to integrate the Mara Salvatrucha is “full and we are providing military training and political indoctrination in Mexican fields.”

Guatemalan officials say there are training camps of Los Zetas in the states of Veracruz, Sonora, Chiapas and San Luis Potosi.

To date the Mexican authorities have reported that Los Zetas have recruited or trained gangs in Mexico.

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Posted by on 04/07/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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Nicaragua rules out the presence of the Zetas in the country

Nicaragua rules out the presence of the Zetas in the country

The National Police spokesman denies that the drug cartel attempts or has attempted to settle in the country

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MANAGUA, March 10. – Nicaragua denied that the drug cartel “Los Zetas” try or have tried to settle in the country, although the threat is always latent in the opening of narcotics trafficking routes, it was reported here today.

In remarks published Saturday in El Nuevo Diario, the head of public relations for the National Police (PN), Commissioner Fernando Borge said “we have not learned that a structure of ‘Los Zetas’, organized crime, is trying or attempted to settle in our territory.”

“We have said that there is always the threat and (cartels) will be trying to settle,” said Borge.

Police have dismantled 63 drug traffickers operating cells in 255 operations over the past five years.

During this period, were arrested more than 21 thousand 800 people including 435 foreigners, and seized more than $ 27 million in cash, foreign and domestic currency.

Borge warned that the PN is “always working to prevent” drug gangs create social bases in Nicaragua.

According to press reports, a group of 21 farmers in northern Nicaragua was allegedly recruited by this group of drug trafficking and would have forced, under threat, working with a band of international organized crime.

Borge said the peasants were deceived because “we are confident that if these people had told them that they would work for a criminal organization, they would have said no.”

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Posted by on 03/11/2012 in Crime Watch, Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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Zetas banner in Veracruz declaring innocense of murder on passenger buses!

Z for los Zetas drug cartel

Z for los Zetas drug cartel

The Zetas have placed a banner in Veracruz stating they are not responsible for the murders on passenger buses (which included 3 Americans). Attacks were carried out which resulted in at least 7 deaths among buses traveling through Veracruz State. The Zeta banner states the killings were from the hands of corrupt police officers.

The Zetas have recently tried to scrap their horrible public image. Many other cartels have made it a priority to maintain respect within the people. The Zetas up to recent months have not done so. With their sole tactic of fear, instead of respect, they have not won the hearts of many. They have made it a personal issue to denounce their ties to terror, murders of innocents, and extortion.





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Posted by on 12/30/2011 in Crime!


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Fidel Herrera -port of Veracruz and links to Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas!

Fidel Herrera links to Gang lords

Fidel Herrera links to Gang lords

The port of Veracruz has become a strategic point for the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas, who use it as a platform for the transfer of cocaine and synthetic drugs to the United States and Europe.

The continued clashes between organized crime cells for control of the business placed the entity as a new scenario in which violence left bodies strewn on the street.

Notable events of September 20 on a major road in the neighboring municipalities of Boca del Rio, where 35 bodies were pulled from executed prisoners.

In a count made ​​public by Image Multimedia Group , the reference point on this escalation of violence is referenced to the integration of a control body of organized crime, during the presidency of Fidel Herrera Beltrán, who ruled from 2004 to 2010 entity .

It was during these years that such a structure, called the Company, was formed and grew up under a figure similar to a “governing council” or “management board”.

According to investigations by the Attorney General’s Office where he attended the U.S. government in 2007 ensured that during the government of Herrera Beltrán, this operating structure consisted of members of the Gulf cartel and its armed at the time , Los Zetas .

Among the members of this “board” noted the late Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen, Tony Storm , Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez, El Coss , and Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, The Lazca or licensor .

According to data from the DEA and the Department of National Defence between 2006 and 2008 The Company also operated in Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Tabasco, Campeche and Yucatan, in order to send drugs to the American Union, on the platform operations on the Port of Veracruz, certainly with indifference, silence and complicity of local and state authorities.

Following the breakdown of the Gulf with the operational arm of the Zetas in late 2008, this organization began to dominate Veracruz, gradually displacing the cells of their former allies.

The company, do Fidel Herrera heritage?

A cursory reading might conclude that in Veracruz are recent violence, clashes between drug traffickers and executions.

In 2007, for example, there was a shootout during a race horse at the ranch Villarín owned Arrioja Nayen Marciano, in the congregation Santa Fe, city of Veracruz.

Local media reports state that the objective of the cells of the Zetas were two members of the Gulf Cartel, including Efraín Teodoro Torres, with the index Z-14.

Investigations by federal authorities said the owner of this ranch is the one who gave the horses the former governor of Veracruz to make their rides.

Evidence of infiltration of organized crime with officials and Veracruz state authorities are documented in research conducted in recent years the PGR, supported with statements from 14 witnesses protected, some workers and supporters of former Gov. Herrera Beltrán .

The declaration of a protected witness who worked in that administration between 2005 and 2009 said that with the Veracruz government protection and through an organization known as The Company, the cartel Los Zetas began to grow.

Separate ministerial statements of protected witnesses say that elements of the state and municipal corporations were responsible for providing protection “due” to the organization, as well as acted as informants.

In some cases police officers were charged directly from levantones, extortion and theft of gasoline.

According to the report of the federal agency during the administration of Fidel Herrera The company had a payroll of 500 to 600 thousand dollars to distribute among elements of the police forces which, in turn, received their contribution of organized crime on 5 and 25 per month, the amount was differentiated according to the degree within the corporation.

Company on the call there is an investigation by the U.S. government since early 2007, and their ties to senior officials in the administration of Herrera Beltrán.

Fidel meetings

There are 14 protected witnesses who said the former governor of Veracruz offered protection to Los Zetas , and even met several times with square heads and leaders of drug trafficking.

The registration of the first meeting between Fidel Herrera and organized crime boss was consigned by a national newspaper early in his administration, during a party in the municipality of Chicontepec, where it was photographed.

Another meeting was held registered in Mabiel hotel, opposite the hospital Valentin Gomez Farias in the city of Coatzacoalcos, in late 2008.

At this meeting attended by former Gov. Fidel Herrera, the assistant coordinator of the state SSP metropolitan area Veracruz-Boca del Rio, Remigio Ortiz Olivares, as well as former deputy operating Montero Lara, and the Attorney General of the state, Jorge Yunes Manzanares and Braulio Arellano Dominguez, aka The Zeta 20 , The Gonzo or the executioner , who served as leader of Los Zetas in Veracruz, before falling killed on November 4, 2009 in a clash with elements of the Federal Police.

A further meeting was verified at the end of November 2008, days before his fourth State of the Union, one of its properties located in the fractionation Las Animas.

This time Herrera Beltran was accompanied by his Secretary of Government, Reynaldo Escobar Perez. Guests of honor at this party were the Gonzo , and Miguel Treviño Morales, one of the main leaders and founders of Los Zetas .

There were other celebrations and took place in the same division in December 2010, before leaving the office of governor.

Alleged ties to narco

The connections between the company and then Los Zetas with the state government and Fidel Herrera were guided by two key figures of the former governor: Reynaldo Escobar Perez, secretary of government during his term and until recently the state attorney general, also the owner of Public Security Ministry, Juan Manuel Orozco Mendez.

He also had an important part of organized crime links his childhood friend, Rafael Cruz Trunk, The Black Cross , who later left for political disagreements.

Since in the present administration, Escobar Perez was involved in numerous levantones and executions, and was even designated as responsible for the execution of Yolanda Ortiz, Notiver reporter and other journalists.

Another linking the administration of Fidel Herrera protection cartel Los Zetas are the different threats appearing in the bodies of people executed in the state.

The first narcomensaje Mendez Orozco directly accused of providing protection to Los Zetas was last June 6, 2007 in the port of Veracruz, where five people were executed, one of them beheaded.

Notably, Juan Manuel Orozco Traffic Officer Mendez was in the town of Martinez de la Torre, where he lived in the region kingpin Don Albertano Mendez Albertano Terán, executed and burned along with his brother on Christmas Day 2003, in the Cocal, death in which he also mentioned the police chief.

In February 2004, Juan Manuel Orozco was appointed by the State Public Security Ministry as security chief of the then candidate for governor of Veracruz, Fidel Herrera Beltran, time that he began a friendship that helped him not to be prosecuted by the crime of sexual harassment, according to the complaint filed by employees of the Transit delegation Martinez de la Torre and recorded in the records 064/02/IV/FESP and 10/02 / IV / FESP, 2002 in the Office especially against Public Servants of the PGJE.

Mendez Orozco contacts with organized crime paid off and was named by Herrera Beltran, Undersecretary of State Public Safety Department, 11 months later ascended and took over as secretary.

According to public records at the end of the administration of Herrera Beltrán violence was concentrated in the northern municipalities of the state, bordering Tamaulipas, as Panuco and Poza Rica. In early 2011, the organized crime moved into the metropolitan area of ​​Veracruz-Boca del Rio and the state capital itself.

The new government implemented in early October, the operating Veracruz Security, in coordination with federal security forces


Posted by on 12/14/2011 in Crime Watch


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