Composed of former Mexican military and kaibiles (former Guatemalan counter insurgency forces), members of the group FEZ (Fuerzas Especiales Zetas) was recently sent to Cancun from the state of Tamaulipas, to eliminate independent drug dealers known as Chapulines, or "locusts", and whoever else does not comply with the plaza covenants.
For independent drug dealers and traffickers, plaza rules usually dictate that a hefty tax be paid to operate in areas operated by established organized criminal groups.
On September 2010, Carlos Barragan Figueroa “El Paletas”, the head of Zeta operations on Cancun and Playa del Carmen was arrested and since October violence began to flare up in Cancun with a series of executions in different parts of the city, with most of these occurring in December.
According to information obtained, it was in December when a new group of "Los Zetas" was sent to Cancun from the state of Tamaulipas.
What set this group of FEZ apart is that they are trained to kill in ways more vicious than usual.
Their immediate mission was to abduct and execute chapulines and others that did not abide by Zeta rules, including policemen.
Since last December, the acronym FEZ (Special Forces Zetas) has begun to appear on narco messages left at the scenes of executions in other states.
The "Special Forces Zetas", or FEZ, emerged after the death in Matamoros of Gulf cartel leader Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen, better known as "Tony Tormenta," as a way of strengthening the Los Zetas cartel."
In Cancun the FEZ acronym had not appeared on messages until yesterday with the lifeless bodies of Marco Antonio Ramírez Villa, 24, executed by gunfire and that of a decapitated male who remained unidentified.
The victims were found separately, Ramirez Villa’s body in the Costa Azul area and the decapitated victim was abandoned on the road to Punta Sam.
Narco messages written on placards were found besides the bodies. The messages read:
“Ezto le va a pazar a todoz los zhapulines y a todoz loz que anden mal. Att. FEZ” (this will happen to all the locusts and others doing wrong, signed FEZ) and “Esto le pasa a los que nos traicionan, charolean, extorsionan, chapulinean y para los que todavía no entienden que akí seguimos siendo los reyes. Ábranse si no quieren ser los próximos. Att. Zzzz Unión-zzzzz” (this will happen to those who betray us, charolean, extort, to locusts and to those who don’t understand that we still rule here. Wise up if you don’t want to be next. Signed, Zzzz Union-zzzz)
Also on Tuesday Quintana Roo state police, following up on an anonymous tip, found the remains of five partially cremated bodies inside three 200 liter steel barrels on a ranch located on the highway to Merida, Yucatan.
Authorities believe that the remains belonged to victims of organized crime executions.
It is expected that this year violence will increase with the settling of scores of organized crime groups, and in particular by the struggle of Los Zetas to maintain control of the Cancun plaza.