Rumors that Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano “El Lazca”, head of Los Zetas and Ivan Velazquez Caballero "El 50" or “El Taliban”, believed to be the chief of operations of Los Zetas in Zacatecas, would be attending the funeral in Fresnillo of Heriberto Centeno Madrid was the reason that Mexican Marine units mounted the operation that killed 22 suspected Zetas this past Friday, July 1.
Centeno Madrid, known as “Comandante Ardilla” or “Comandante Centeno”, was the Zeta comandante killed Tuesday June 14th in La Lobera, Jalisco when a large group of gunmen was intercepted by the military and Jalisco state police.
Naval intelligence had knowledge that the funeral mass and burial of Centeno Madrid was scheduled for Friday. His body had been delivered to Fresnillo on Thursday.
Unofficial intelligence sources mentioned that the delivery of the body was delayed in order to allow time for the attendance of senior Zeta leaders.
Centeno Madrid was reportedly the head of the Fresnillo plaza and was a close and trusted lieutenant of Heriberto Lazcano.
After the fighting between the Marines and Zeta gunmen ended Friday afternoon the funeral services for Centeno Madrid took place undisturbed, with no senior Zetas in attendance.
Ivan Velazquez Caballero, "El Taliban or El 50", reportedly the head of Zeta operations in Zacatecas. Velazquez Caballero is rummored to be seriously ill with cancer.
Los Zetas consolidated their hold on Zacatecas during the governorship of Amalia Garcia of the PRD party from 2004 to 2010.
It is rumored that the family of Miguel Angel Treviño Morales "Z-40", the operations chief and second in command of Los Zetas lives in the municipality of Calera, Zacatecas.
Heriberto Lazcano is said to own several businesses in the state.