Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Mexican Marines Rounding Up Zetas

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 |

Latino Fox News

Marines arrested 19 suspected members of the Los Zetas drug cartel, including seven minors, at a training camp for gunmen in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, the Navy Secretariat said.

Marines aboard three UH 60 Black Hawk helicopters spotted the training camp at a ranch near the Monterrey-Colombia highway in the northern part of Nuevo Leon.

The marines dropped into the ranch by rope from the helicopters and captured the suspected gunmen.

Four rifles, 26 ammunition clips, 1,457 rounds of ammunition, military uniforms and combat boots were seized in the operation, the secretariat said.

Monterrey, Mexico's most important industrial city, and its suburbs have been battered by a wave of drug-related violence since March 2010, when three rival cartels reportedly went to war with Los Zetas, considered the country's most violent criminal organization.

Los Zetas has been battling an alliance of the Gulf, Sinaloa and La Familia drug cartels, known as the Nueva Federacion, for control of the Monterrey metropolitan area and smuggling routes into the United States.

The most brutal incident in the turf war occurred on Aug. 25, when suspected Zetas gunmen set fire to Monterrey's Casino Royale, killing at least 52 gamblers and employees trapped inside, most of whom died of smoke inhalation.

Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, known as "El Lazca," deserted from the Mexican army in 1999 and formed Los Zetas with three other soldiers, all members of an elite special operations unit, becoming the armed wing of the Gulf drug cartel.

After several years on the payroll of the Gulf cartel, Los Zetas, considered Mexico's most violent criminal organization, went into the drug business on their own account and now control several lucrative territories.

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18 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

I wonder how many marines zetas manage to kill,ambush.Theres a war going on in mexico yet the marines and soldiers never seem to die in gunfights.How suspicious.

Anonymous said...

black hawk helicopters donated by the USA, bad ass, nice of the mexican marines putting them to work right away and picking up trash.

Anonymous said...

Marines do die in gun fights, but I bet the news don't want to show marines dying just to keep the peoples moral high, and plus how can thugs compete with trained military backed up by the US?

Anonymous said...

My friend its called media bias maintaining the speckless image that the Mexican Armed Forces. In this same manner its what the media is doing to benefit Chapo Guzman and his United Cartels. If you recall many months ago a series of attacks and kidnappings that affected the primary media corporations forced them to reconsider how they reported events focused on Cartel operations and arrests.

Well consider how news are reported now. You have a practical social campaign against Zetas and you practically have a more powerfull and equally if not more sadistic cartel that engages in the very same activities, without question, but this Cartel headed by Chapo has very few reports focused on it which would, if place in the same light force people to consider how they are not seen as a social "cancer" just like the Z.

Look for dramatic changes when Peña Nieto is elected president, that is if the Chapo-PAN coalition that has its strings pulled by the Texan Conservative powerhouse backed by the CIA and former presidency has not exerted so much pressure that it has broken PRI resolve to take back Mexico as its own national sovereign fiefdom.

"L"B said...

shoot all these fucks

Texcoco said...

U.S thank you for the UH 60 Black Hawk helicopters.

Anonymous said...

September 21, 2011 9:58 PM and September 21, 2011 10:10 PM you two are bias too SNAKES

Anonymous said...

Piece's if shit wearing US Marine Corps utility uniforms, and they ain't even wearing them right!! What a damn disgrace, nothing but a bunch of wannabes!

"L"B said...

and these are the fucktards that think they can fight the US marines...jajjajjajaa..opppsss!!!!!..i just shit my pants ..damn, just made another zeta

El_Regio said...

Sept. 21 @ 10:10 nails it.... it's all political and who backs who!

Anonymous said...

What is the draw of so many to want to join the piece of shit Zetas? Makes no sense... All these young people are being used as cannon fodder! Only a fucking retard would ever want to be a Zeta! Join Los Zetas and be dead within a month! Why not just jump off a bridge?

Anonymous said...

They look like a bunch of Stinky under fed malnourished Iraki soldiers..ha ha

Anonymous said...

@ September 22,2011 4:36 "They look like a bunch of Stinky under fed malnourished Iraki soldiers..ha ha"

If you call underfed I don't want to know what's well fed according to you, the jokes on you American pig.

Anonymous said...

@10:27

You make absolutely no sense, haha lol!

As for the pic, look at the little 4 foot tall woman in the middle, she's VERY intimidating... Hahaha I'd slam that little b&tch so fast she wouldn't even know what happened. Much less to the rest of them, without quetes they ain't shit. Hand to hand they'd all get their a$$es whooped. All the Zetas are punk putas.

Jesus the Moose said...

Some of the faces in those pictures remind me of the people that work the fields near my home. I feel sorry to think that maybe some of these folks would be in honest jobs if given the chance.

I wonder that if the US reinstates the Brasero Program maybe the cartels would have less recruits. Either way, its not so desperate in Mexico that someone needs to go into organized crime in order to make a living. That said, Mexico is still far from joining the first world.

There is hope though, I looked at some graphs and figures and apparently the per capita income in Mexico has steadily grown at a higher rate since about 1996. Maybe thanks to NAFTA or Zedillo's beginning at transforming the Mexican government(?).

Hopefully, the next regimes in Mexico will maintain the transformative course toward honest government institutions and the end of cronyism.

Anonymous said...

September 22,2011 11:49

According to you those people (Zetas) are "underfed" (which they are clearly not), if you think those are underfed I don't want to know what's well fed to you. If you don't get the American joke than I have lost hope for your average American these days lol.

Anonymous said...

WTF? Was the 50 caliber out of ammo that day?

Anonymous said...

"the marines and soldiers never seem to die in gunfights."

Sometimes a few die, but they almost never die because they are well trained and cartel gunmen just spray ammo like retards, that's why they always die in mass and Mexicans soldiers almost never die.

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