Recently we have seen a surge of violence in Jalisco as Los Zetas attempt to enter the territory guarded by the powerful Sinaloa cartel.
The one on the left in the white hat is Manuel Torres Felix known as "El M1" or "El Ondeado," he is one of the mid level leaders in the Sinaloa Cartel and one who has been tied to some of the recent violence from Chihuhua to Jalisco.
Manuel is brother of Javier Torres Felix (El JT), a close associate of the cartel lider Joaquín Guzmán; Javier was arrested and extradited to the U.S. in December 2006.
Manuel's son, Anastacio, also known as "Tachio" or "El 4", was killed by rivals from the Beltran-Leyva Cartel. It was after this death that Manuel Torres Felix acquired his other nickname "El 14" as a tribute to his sons death. His nickname " El Ondeado" was given to him by deceased drug kingpin Arturo Beltran Leyva, who ordered the murder of his son Atanacio. This then led on to more confrontations between the cartels.
Evidence of the Zeta presence in Jalisco has come from recent violence from both rival cartels and the captured of several members armed to the teeth. With rocket launchers and armed better than the soldiers in the Iraq war, eleven heavily armed commandos of the Sinaloa cartel were arrested on June 8, 2010 in the municipality of Tototlán.
The sicarios claimed to belong to the Sinaloa cartel and were involved in traffic of drugs in the Cienega de Jalisco region. These sicarios were disguised as policemen and were in possession bulletproof vests, four fragmentation grenades and black police uniforms.
First thing you notice is the black clothes of some of the sicarios, they were probably wearing military or police type uniforms. Second is the person in yellow facing his back toward the media who the authorities are probably attempting to protect his identity and possibly a collaborator.
The arsenal seized consisted of a dangerous and deadly weapons typically used in the artillery of the armies of the world, such as a rocket launcher used to go through the armor of tanks, bazooka used to launch fragmentation grenades, five AK-47 rifles known as "cuernos de chivo" and five handguns of calibers ranging from .380, .45 and 9 mm.
They also had in their possession an amount of 250 kilos of synthetic drug known as crystal, methamphetamine and 32 kilograms of marijuana, along with six vehicles; three SUV's being new models, one luxury car and two compact cars.
This is an example of the welcome wagon for the Zetas who are attempting to enter the region of Jalisco controlled by the powerful Sinaloa cartel.