Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

18 Die in Shootout in the State of Tamaulipas

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 |


A shootout between gunmen from rival gangs left 18 people dead in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, state officials said.

The shootout occurred on Monday morning in the town of Abasolo, the Tamaulipas state government said in a statement.

“Federal and state authorities carried out a deployment in the town to protect the population and restore order,” the state government said, adding that it was in close contact with municipal officials and federal agencies investigating the incident.

Abasolo, a farming town located about 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas, is home to some 14,000 people.

The border state of Tamaulipas has been the scene since late 2009 of a war for control of territory and smuggling routes between the Gulf and Los Zetas drug cartels.

A Los Zetas boss captured Monday by the Federal Police in the southern state of Oaxaca revealed details to investigators about the war between some of Mexico’s cartels.

Marcos Carmona Hernandez said Los Zetas had entered into a non-aggression agreement with the Beltran Leyva, Juarez and Tijuana drug cartels.

The Sinaloa cartel, Mexico’s oldest and most powerful drug trafficking organization, has formed a rival alliance with the Gulf and La Familia Michoacana cartels, Mexican media reports say.

A total of 15,270 people died in drug-related violence in Mexico last year, and more than 35,000 people have died since President Felipe Calderon declared war on the country’s cartels shortly after taking office in December 2006.

Calderon has deployed tens of thousands of soldiers and Federal Police officers across the country to combat drug cartels and other criminal organizations.

The anti-drug operation, however, has failed to put a dent in the violence due, according to experts, to drug cartels’ ability to buy off the police and even high-ranking officials.

Source: EFE



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5 Borderland Beat Comments:

J said...

That old 'pact' between Beltran Leyva's/Zeta's/CAF/Juarez is bullshit, I think, that same report has been floating around for YEARS. Why is it now reported as fact? I think the real answer is much more complicated, and this is simply mostly media saying well CDG/CDS/LFM have a pact, so the other three mustbe united against them. It bothers me a lot for some reaosn, maybe cuz there is no evidence, or follow up, just blanket statements.

Sahid Marquez said...

@J

I don't think Los Zetas have a "pact" with either CAF or the Juarez Cartel, didn't some Zeta cell leader behead some guy from Juarez smuggling drugs using taxis in some city in Tamaulipas? It was in the article where some sicario confessed on his operations about 6 weeks ago. Also CPS(Cartel del Pacifico Sur) the Beltran Leyva Cartel, CDP(Cartel del Pacifico) is the Sinaloa Cartel.

Anonymous said...

"maybe cuz there is no evidence, or follow up, just blanket statements"

Perhaps because it will then be a rehash, and they leave it up to you to research further if you want more detail info (BB is full of page after page of different scenarios) or at minimum they assume you would have a basic understanding, nothing is ever black and white, too many factors involved to give an exact explanation or narrow it down to some single evidence, something you your self is complaining about in the first place.

Buggs said...

"J said... That old 'pact' between Beltran Leyva's/Zeta's/CAF/Juarez is bullshit, I think, that same report has been floating around for YEARS."

It was what came out RECENTLY during an interview with the leader of Los Zetas from the Oaxaca plaza Marcos Carmona Hernández, alias "El Cabrito." It may or may not be bullshit, but I would think El Cabrito would have a more personal knowledge, don't you think?

Here:

"El Cabrito", de 29 años, declaró "que Los Zetas mantienen un acuerdo de no agresión y colaboración" con los carteles de los hermanos Beltrán Leyva, de Juárez y de Tijuana.

El detenido presuntamente reportaba directamente de sus operaciones a Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, alias "El Lazca" y señalado como cabeza de Los Zetas."

I will probably expand more on this further later, as some of this information also came out from other interviews of captured Zeta operatives!

J said...

Of course, the Beltran Leyva's work loosely with Zeta's, that's documented, but I don't buy this pact. I am not saying anything about the reporting of BB, if that wasn't clear. I don't know just how much knowledge someone down in Oaxaca would have of all these alliances that have been widely reported in narco stories for years now. From what I understand the last of of the Beltranes under El H have been folded into the Z's,

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