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Zeta Leader Killed in Shootout in Monterrey

Monday, August 16, 2010 |


Following a pursuit and confrontation with the military, four members of an armed group were killed by gunfire after they come out shooting from an SUV in Colonia Caracol south of Monterrey.

The military said unofficially that one of the dead men could be one of the main leaders of the cartel Los Zetas, known as "El Sonrics," a sicario that had previously managed to escape from several federal operations.

"El Sonrics" was allegedly the ring leader of a cell of Los Zetas operating out of southern Nuevo Leon.

Mexican police say narco-blockades are becoming more common in Monterrey, with the most recent occurring Saturday. Earlier this month, soldiers stood guard around stolen trailers used by gunmen to form a barricade on a main road.

After the shootout between authorities and gunmen, at about 0050 hours, there was a report of at least 13 "narcobloqueos" blockades that once again restricted the main thoroughfares of the city and the tranquility of motorists.

The attack

Military sources reported that a convoy of three army units ran into two SUV's along Avenida Chapultepec, about 500 meters east of the junction with Revolution.

When the military attempted to stop the two vehicles for an inspection, the vehicles sped away at full speed on a west bound direction.

While fleeing, the gunmen launched an attack against the military that forced the military to respond back with gunfire. The gunfire from the military managed to damage the right rear tire of an armored black Jeep Limited.

The gunshot to the tire caused the vehicle to crash into a wooden pole, while the other truck managed to escape at the intersection with Eighth Street.

At that instant, five occupants of the SUV came out running and opened fire on soldiers that were travelling in three pickups.

The soldiers returned fire and killed two of the gunmen, one of them allegedly "El Sonrics." His body was behind a parked white Chevy and the other a few feet from it in the parking lot of a business.

Two more gunmen ran about 300 meters. First they ran to the west of Chapultepec, then they ran on south on Seventh Street and then they turned east by Juventino Rosas.

The military troops ran after them and caught up to them killing them while they attempted to hide behind some bushes.

A fifth gunman managed to escape.

Inside the black Jeep Limited the SEDENA found and seized three assault rifles, cartridges, ammunition of different calibers, bullet proof vests and radio equipment, in addition to cell phones.

The area was heavily saturated by members of "Grupo Reacción Inmediata" a team of elite members of the military and state police.

The narcobloqueos

Gunmen forced motorists at gun point out of their vehicles and hand over the keys to their cars.

There were blockades reported in Revolución and Chapultepec, very near to the scene of the gunfight, and also at Félix U. Gómez and Madero, Constitución and Félix U. Gómez, and Morones Prieto and Veracruz.

In the heart of Downtown, at Madero and Pino Suarez, several vehicles were crossed to obstruct the road.

In Fidel Velazquez, there were blockades in Ruiz Cortines, Rodrigo Gomez and Copan, in Bernardo Reyes, Pedro Mariano Salas and Ramón Corral; and in Lincoln and Rangel Frías

Road were reported blocked in Alfonso Reyes and General Anaya, and by the university in San Nicolás.

Monterrey, the richest city in Mexico and its industrial capital, has seen a sharp increase in crime since Los Zetas extended their operations there.

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17 Borderland Beat Comments:

wesley said...

he sure dont look like much laying there

bob said...

these guys really look good like this dead all shot up no more smirk on the face no more evil looks no more threats uno mas z muerte arriba!!!!! epaley!!!!!

Ovemex said...

I'm not sure, but I believe this photo is of one of the " óther" sicarios involved in the shootout, not the body of El Sonrics.

Buggs said...

"I'm not sure, but I believe this photo is of one of the " óther" sicarios involved in the shootout, not the body of El Sonrics."

That is correct: "the other a few feet from it in the parking lot of a business."

Anonymous said...

Good work,respect and admiration for a job done. These officers deserve support.

Anonymous said...

one less NarCulero!

Pink said...

Wow! I had an apartment 2 blocks from there for 8 years up until 09. That city got too dangerous after a kidnap attempt on me.

Anonymous said...

should cut them up and spread their parts around ,,,so their buddys can get to see them dead

Anonymous said...

If there is ever a chance to post a pinpoint map of some of these blockade locations I am sure that would be of interest to readers. I for one wish I had more information on the cross street at which Alfonso Reyes was blocked. It's a big street!

Joe Shea said...

So was this guy "the" leader or just one of several top leaders of the Zetas? And is it correct to call the Zetas a cartel, or do they remain just a gang? Last I heard, they took over territory lost by the Sinaloa cartel and formed a cartel of their own. Is that true? And has anyone credible acknowledged the death of the Zetas' "leader," if he was?

Anonymous said...

"So was this guy "the" leader or just one of several top leaders of the Zetas? And is it correct to call the Zetas a cartel, or do they remain just a gang? Last I heard, they took over territory lost by the Sinaloa cartel and formed a cartel of their own. Is that true? And has anyone credible acknowledged the death of the Zetas' "leader," if he was?"

Obviously you are not a regular BB reader, for someone asking so basic questions, I suggest you start reading some of the archives, if you are really interested in learning more.

Also the article described "El Sonrics" as a leader of a Zeta cell, not a top dog, most of us already knew that.

Anonymous said...

top dogs,,jefes de jefes are like generals ,,,majors etc.,,,giving orders from safe houses,,,,the guys doing the shooting are r like lower grade commisioned officers and non-coms,,,like lieutenants y sargents ,,,doing y directing the actual fighting,,,running a crew,,,, and the cholos doing the bloqueades y shakedowns are like privates and corporals,,,more expendable y lower paid fresh recruits from independencia y otra barrios,,, then you got the halcones sort taco guys,,,boleros,,,car wash guys y otra street guys hanging out with a cell phone,,,the tiendetas(little stores that sell sodas , but really are there por venta drogas) are more guarded here lately,,,typically the most effective thing contra this is street patrols walking and talking to the local gente,,,like old time cops walking the beat,,,it is strange that this is not being done in Monterrey,,,also effective is citizen militias,,,even if they only have radios and baseball bats,,,Madero,,, Felix U,,,Cuauhtémoc,,,B Juarez,,,would be good places to start,,,concerned citizens have to be part of it for it to work

Anonymous said...

Joe: Are you related to John Shea, as in John "Red" Shea of South Boston?

finga-likn-good said...

dont give no clue to your real name here , or location, dont be stupid joe

Anonymous said...

Just so you are very sure, cartel members lurk here in the shadows, taking it all in!

Abuela Chivis said...

@ Joe
or are you Rev Joe Shea of Boston? JEJE Just messing with you Joe though I know Rev Shea and love Boston. Your Q is not a bad one because of the way the US media often defines Zetas as "para-military break away group". Ignore the slams from other posters we sometimes think we know it all, but I love when others are interested in what is happening to our beautiful Mexico, and hope that many are enlightened to its distruction by the cartels enough to demand action from our side of the Borderland (US). So in that spirit instead of going thru the achives I offer this link, and also suggest you read the info on cartels and structure on BB up in the red box at top.
Paz

http://mexidata.info/id2194.html

Ovemex said...

Oddly enough, media outside of N.L. printed El Sonrics' name: Miguel Angel Abrego Nava:
http://www.elporvenir.com.mx/notas.asp?nota_id=421886

BUT when NL authorities finally "confirmed" the death of El Sonrics via family identification of the body, they stated his name as Victor Mata Guerra, 24 years old, and from Cadereyta, NL.
http://www.milenio.com/node/511227

So, who died? Did the Zeta leader of Southern NL die, or just another lower ring sicario with the same nickname?

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