Dozens of narcobanners appeared in the pre-dawn hours Tuesday morning in the state of Nuevo León, with a message from Los Zetas addressed to the Gulf cartel.
At least 27 narcobanners appeared in heavy traffic avenues of Monterrey, Apodaca, Escobedo, San Nicolas, Guadalupe, Santa Catarina, Caderereyta, Juarez and Linares.
In the town of Linares, banners were reportedly placed in local schools, while several others appeared in usually well guarded locations such as the city hall of San Nicolas and municipal police command and control facilities in Juarez and Cadereyta.
In contrast to previous incidents when narcobanners were almost always removed immediately, some banners were left in full view of the public until after 9:00 AM in the morning, apparantly guarded by officers from municipal police departments.
It was not known if the locations were being guarded as crime scenes of if this was a show of force by "polizetas", or police officers co-opted by Los Zetas.
Jorge Domene Zambrano, a spokesman for the State Public Security Secretariat of Nuevo León, criticized municipal governments for their lack of effort and vigilance and promised to investigate who placed the messages.
Domene Zambrano also cautioned that everything possible would be done to prevent violence between rival organized crime groups.
The banners contained messages from Los Zetas blaming the CDG (Gulf cartel)for the murders of innocent people.
"To the CDG STOP KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE AND FIGHT. Just as we are going to Vallehermoso and Miguel Aleman to fuck you up and fight you face to face... for you fighting for the plaza is throwing grenades and killing defenseless old men...well how shameful...face us AND STOP KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE. ATTE. Los Zetas. "