Estos son los z culpable de matar a gente inocente como los del autobús de la semana pasada gobierno abre los ojos nosotros cuidamos el pueblo Z 40 Culpable"
“These are the Zetas guilty of murdering innocent people like those on the bus last week. Government open your eyes, we guard the people. Z-40 is guilty”
This is the "narco" banner that was left covering the bodies of alledged Zeta gangmembers that were dumped on a bullet riddled late model pick-up with Texas tags. The killings are said to have occurred recently in the small community of Los Guerra located in the municipality of Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas on the Mexico-Texas border.
Another message left on the body was reportedly removed from the scene by federal police officers. It read, cynically, "Gracias genaro garcia luna por dejarnos solos atte. z40 y el muñeco", Thank you Genaro Garcia Luna for leaving us alone, sincerely Z40 and el Muñeco.
Genaro Garcia Luna heads the Federal SSP, the public security ministry under which Mexico's federal police forces operate. He is a trusted member of President Felipe Calderon's cabinet but has been widely rumored to be corrupted.
The bodies bore the usual signs of torture that highlight the conflict in Tamaulipas and were dressed in military style clothing and equipment. Groceries, such as instant soups, tuna and snack food packaging were strewn about the bodies.
The municipality of Miguel Aleman has been occupied for more than a week by a strong contingent of military forces and federal police in an offensive aimed at taking control of Northern Tamaulipas away from organized criminal gangs and re-imposing the rule of law.
Miguel Aleman also shelters the internal refugees displaced by these criminal gangs, in particular Los Zetas, from the communities of Ciudad Mier and Nuevo Guerrero. These two communities border Starr and Zapata counties in South Texas.
The message on the banner is unusual in that it does not contain the signature of the Los Zetas rivals in Tamaulipas, the Gulf cartel (CDG). Z-40 refers to Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, the leader of Los Zetas in Northeastern Mexico whose stronghold is located in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, across the Rio Grande from Laredo, Texas.