The city of Hidalgo del Parral, Chihuahua, awoke Thursday morning to the presence of a "narco" banner and grafitti announcing the long rumored alliance between two of bloodiest criminal organizations in Mexico: La Linea and Los Zetas.
Both carried the same message to the Army and the population of Parral: Congratulations 42nd military zone for fighting el Chapo's people. In less than 15 days Parral is ours. Sincerely, La Linea and Z (Los Zetas).
The marriage of convenience between the money from the drugs and trafficking routes of Vicente Carrillo Fuentes and La Linea and the weapons and fighters of Los Zetas has seldom been overt, likely due to the discipline that Vicente Carrillo exerts over his organization and the parts of Chihuahua under his control, which are being disputed by the Sinaloa cartel.
In a video recently posted on Borderland Beat, a member of the Sinaloa Cartel under interrogation by members of La Linea reveals that state and municipal authorities in Parral are on the payroll of the Sinaloa cartel.
The reference to the Army refers to the division of forces across 12 regional commands that control 45 military zones. The 42nd military zone is headquartered in Hidalgo del Parral.
Dejan narcomensaje a militares en Parral.