Federal Police announced the arrest Monday morning in the city of Oaxaca of Marcos Carmona Hernandez, "El Cabrito", jefe de plaza (regional crime boss) for Los Zetas in the southern state of Oaxaca.
Investigations undertaken by the Federal Police reveal that El Cabrito reported directly to Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, " El Lazca ", reported to be the head of the Los Zetas criminal organization.
This arrest was the result of intelligence derived from follow-up investigations after the arrest of Flavio Mendez Santiago, "El Amarillo", one of the last remaining original Zetas, in Oaxaca last January 17, 2011 by members of the Federal Police.
Carmona Hernandez is 29 years old and originally from Piedras Negras, Veracruz, and according to intelligence reports entered "Los Zetas" in 2006 in the state of Tamaulipas, at first focusing on security functions and as the head of a group of “halcones” (informants). In 2009 he began operating as a jefe de plaza.
Within the Los Zetas criminal hierarchy Marcos Carmona Hernández was responsible for criminal operations in the main cities of the state of Oaxaca, which included the collection of profits from the retail sales of drugs, kidnapping, extortion, prostitution, giros negros (gambling houses, table dance bars), car theft and the sale of pirated contraband.
After his arrest and initial questioning, El Cabrito said he ordered and participated in the kidnapping of some individuals, as well as the killing of several men in the state of Oaxaca whom he hanged, beheaded or shot for refusing or being unable to pay ransom and extortion fees.
El Cabrito also had the support of certain members of municipal, state and ministerial police forces who provided protection and advance warning about operations and actions against Los Zetas.
Another revelation from El Cabrito’s initial questioning was that Los Zetas maintain non-aggression and collaboration agreements with the remains of the Beltran Leyva organization, Vicente Carrillo Fuentes and the Juarez cartel, and Fernando Sánchez Arellano, El Ingeniero, and the Arellano Felix Cartel.
Jorge Chabat, an expert on drug trafficking at CIDE, a non-profit teaching and research center in Mexico City, explains that while these partnerships are difficult to verify they make sense in order to operate in the world of drug trafficking.
"It is normal that at some point alliances are made because it is irrational for everyone to be fight everyone else, it's bad for business."
According to Chabat these alliances are often "very temporary” and do not last too long.