Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

American Zeta in U.S. Custody

Sunday, September 26, 2010 |


















A 23 year old U.S citizen and alleged Los Zetas gang member, Joseph Allen Garcia, was arrested in the border city of Reynosa, Mexico, this Thursday night and expelled within hours to the U.S. to face multiple charges in Texas of murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault, possession of marijuana and a federal charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

The suspect was arrested by Tamaulipas state investigative police with the help of intelligence shared by Texas authorities. After being expelled by Mexican authorities Garcia was taken into custody Friday morning by U.S. Marshals in Hidalgo County, across the Rio Grande from Reynosa.

Hours later Garcia was escorted in a convoy under heavy security by Federal authorities and Webb County deputy sheriffs to Laredo, Texas, where he faces the numerous charges listed above.

According to federal authorities the suspect is a cartel hit man for Los Zetas in Mexico and also works for the Mexican Mafia prison based gang in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

Garcia's criminal career began in 2003 in Laredo, Texas, at the age of 16 when he gunned down 4 other youths with an AK-47, killing one and wounding the other three. After becoming a fugitive in 2005 he is thought to have entered the drug trafficking underworld in Mexico.

The importance of this arrest is highlighted by the fact that Garcia had been on the U.S. Marshals’ list of their Top 15 most wanted fugitives since 2008.

Garcia’s role with Los Zetas and the Mexican Mafia also highlights the growing links between Mexico’s drug cartels and U.S. street and prison based gangs. Working directly with drug cartels and dealing at the wholesale bulk level has allowed the Texas gangs, and gangs in the other Southwest border states, to accumulate more power and money.

This union has led to an increasing dominance of Mexico’s cartels over U.S. distribution networks for their products. In addition to the money, the relationship has also put the fear of God in many U.S. based gangsters according to Emil Garza, a gang expert for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

“The cartels don't play by traditional rules about peace treaties between gangsters or not killing families, “said Garza “These guys get a lot of pressure from the drug cartels themselves to take care of business. There are no questions asked.”

There have been more than a few stories of hard-core U.S. prison gang members scrambling for their lives to escape a cartel after having drugs or cash seized by police.

“Right now that is one of the biggest dynamics law enforcement is trying to deal with — all bets are off when you are dealing with a drug cartel,” he said. “Some of our domestic groups are scared of them.”





Sources used for this story:

LaredoBuzz.com:
http://laredobuzz.com/2010/09/webb-county-sheriff%e2%80%99s-office-captures-one-of-the-nation%e2%80%99s-top-15-most-wanted-murder-suspect/

ValleyCentral.com:
http://www.valleycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=516762

U.S. Marshal's service report:
http://www.rightsidenews.com/2010092511740/us/homeland-security/us-marshals-service-report-sept-10-24-2010.html

Texas gangs news:
http://www.gangs187.com/Texas_Gangs.pdf

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10 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

Yet another douchebag who should've been aborted before he was born.

C from HouTex said...

I'm sure this guy is an ex Zeta who flipped to work for CDG because he wouldn't made it out of Reynosa alive if he was a Z.

MATA ANTRAX said...

FREE GARZA!!! WE NEED EVERY ZETA TO KILL THOSE ED-HARDY ANTRAX FAGETS!

Anonymous said...

shoot this culero

Smurf said...

Very interesting that the cartels are scaring the crap out of American organized crime syndicates. Another sign that the drug war is creeping steadily past the border.

The media won't pay attention until Plato o Plomo becomes a fact of life in the U.S.

Anonymous said...

Is he RRREALLY a Zeta??!! I don't know whether to believe it or not...if he is, then, is he also a "sacrificial lamb" that Calderon & Mexican officials have traded to appease the public and salvage their image?...c'mon, we all know by now how this works...he will "commit" suicide, or be "found dead" by prison guards

Anonymous said...

Afraid of them c'mon you gotta be kidding me, those foos may run sh!t in Mexico, but they don't run sh!t here!!!

Anonymous said...

If a cartel get to much play in the US it will declare pursuit jurisdiction.
Sh!t will h!t the fan for everybody.

Anonymous said...

this guy shot another guy over some speakers wat a stupid thing.

Anonymous said...

HEY MEBBE THEY WUZ NICE SPEAKERS

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