Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Los Zetas Cell Leader Arrested in Cancun

Monday, September 27, 2010 |

Mexican Army forces have detained José Ángel Fernández de Lara Díaz, alias El Pelon, who was the leader of Los Zetas in the state of Quintana Roo, and whose base of operations was Cancun. The office of the Secretary of National Defense (SEDENA) released a statement that indicated the arrest of El Pelon occurred this past Friday Sept 24th as part of an ongoing operation in the area against drug trafficking.

Fernández de Lara confessed to being a member of Los Zetas and since July of this year the leader the cartel, Heriberto Lazcano, alias El Lazca, named him as the one responsible for drug trafficking, human smuggling, and kidnapping in the southern state of Mexico.

El Pelon has admitted that his group also extorted all kinds of businesses such as nightclubs, restaurants, casinos, spas, hotels and tour guides. The proceeds of these activites were used to fund the war against the Gulf cartel in the north part of the country.

Fernández de Lara also admitted to taking part the incendiary attack on the Castillo del Mar bar on the 13th of August along with another sicario alias El Humm, an order handed down from a regional Zeta chief Lucio Hernández Lechuga, alias El Lucky for failure to pay protection money.

Along with EL Pelon, the army detained three members of his cell, among them Jorge Alberto Contreras Hernández, alias El Gordo or Conta, who was in charge of administrative duties and communications. Also found was $143,000 dollars, communications equipment and four vehicles.

Source La Jornada,

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5 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

A journey of a thousand miles is one step at a time,good work ,hijacking,extortion,kidnapping are priority items,every victory needs celebrating.

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Anonymous said...

@ 8:11 AM,

Why wasting a bullet? Hang that MF in public view!!!

...and that, you might be wasting peoples time.

J en Browntown, por las 4 esquinas.

Anonymous said...

We in the US need to deport every illegal "on discovery"... and before bussing them to TJ give each of them an M4, 2000 rounds of ammo, 50 grenades, and a list of addresses, photos, and other intelligence on the people who are making their own country such a shit-hole.

THEN maybe Mexico could be the modern nation it should be.

KILL everyone who even MENTIONS "la mordita". From cops to commissioners to neighbors... KILL THEM ALL. Kill anyone even remotely connected with drugs, kill everyone who has even considered taking a bribe - KILL THEM ALL. NOW.

Even if Mexico is depopulated by 50%, the remaining Good People will rebuild and create the state Mexico was always meant to be...


The US needs to air-drop massive quantities of small-arms and ammor into every town larger than 500 people in Mexico, then seal the borders and let the Good People fight the Good Fight.

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