Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

In Mexico Drug War, Zetas Lay Claim to Sinaloa Turf

Saturday, November 26, 2011 |

AFP

The increasingly powerful Zetas are likely behind the killings of 50 people in strongholds of the rival Sinaloa cartel in western Mexico, analysts say, as a years-long drug war churns on.

The message left by the Zetas near some of the 26 corpses found Thursday in Guadalajara, Mexico's second largest city, make the targets quite clear: the Sinaloa gang and its fugitive boss, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

The messages also apparently slam an alleged alliance between Guzman and the leaders of Sinaloa state, where 24 bodies were found Wednesday, and Jalisco state, of which Guadalajara is the capital.

The killings come two months after a similar massacre in September, when 35 bodies were tipped out of trucks under a busy overpass in the eastern port of Veracruz - an act attributed to the Zeta Killers, a group linked to Sinaloa.

"Behind the attacks in Guadalajara and Sinaloa, there would appear to be a need for revenge, fueled by the attacks in Veracruz," Dante Haro, an investigator at the University of Guadalajara, told AFP.

Haro emphasized the importance of the killings in Guadalajara, a city of more than four million people and relatively unscathed by the drug violence that has claimed some 45,000 lives since a government crackdown began in 2006.

"Jalisco state had violence rates that were lower than those in other parts of Mexico, but crime is on the rise there," Haro said.

He noted that authorities in Jalisco had captured several high-level traffickers and a Sinaloa boss was gunned down there in a security operation last year.

Those incidents stripped Guadalajara of its prior status as a neutral zone in the drug war, "where the bosses could keep their families safe," Haro said.

Raul Benitez Manuat, an expert at the National Autonomous University of Mexico's North American Research Center, said a Zetas incursion on Sinaloa turf could open a new front in a war that has ravaged cities like Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez, on the US border.

Monterrey, an industrial center in the north, has seen increased violence in recent months.

Until now, the Zetas - set up by former army officers turned hitmen in the 1990s - have operated mostly on the Gulf of Mexico coast in the east of the country.

For Manuat, "such a blatant operation could be a harbinger for increased violence, now on the Pacific coast."

In early October, the chief of intelligence for the US Drug Enforcement Administration, Rodney Benson, said the Sinaloa cartel had struck up an alliance against the Zetas with the Gulf cartel in the east and the La Familia cartel active in the western state of Michoacan.

The Guadalajara killings could be the first counter-attack by the Zetas, considered to be the most violent of Mexico's drug gangs and blamed for spreading extortion, kidnappings and murders.

They are believed to have been behind a casino bombing in Monterrey in August that left 52 people dead, as well as the execution of 72 illegal immigrants in August 2010.

Some 52,000 deaths have been blamed on rising drug violence since late 2006, when President Felipe Calderon launched a massive crackdown on the drug cartels involving tens of thousands of troops.

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29 Borderland Beat Comments:

Juan Pablo Smith said...

The filty mothers of these dirty Zetas are to Blame for not flushing the toilet when they shit these turds out!!
Death to them all- filty worthless pigs!!

Anonymous said...

Chapo crapped in everyones else's backyard. Now someone is doing it in his and it looks like he doesn't even have a dog to run them off. CDS is looking awfully lame to a front on attack without his usual military support. Why is Calderon and the military letting this happen? Do you think CDS is going to give up their token mascot?

Anonymous said...

ZETAS are also in alliance with Beltran leyva, juarez and Tijuana. Intelligence to go inside Sinaloa turf and create a desmadre!

Anonymous said...

This is going to end well, I'm sure.

Anonymous said...

If I was the government I would secretly call a truce against all of the cartels except the Zetas and then launch an all out war against them. Like Los Pepes and their successors the AUC in Colombia, completely annihilate Los Zetas and anyone doing business with them. The rest of the cartels are just criminals, Los Zetas are evil incarnate.

Anonymous said...

Its not the z's from other states who are infiltating Sinaloa but rather Beltran henchmen/foot soldiers who are most likely Sinaloans themselves fighting against the CDS that are responsible for the murders in Culiacan. Sinaloans have a very unique accent and I doubt anybody from other states especially dirty z's would come in and start asking questions without any disregard of being noticed. The z's are not tactical and any counter attack they launch is just that, its has probably been carried out very rudimentary only to draw attention to cause fear, which is probably the case in Guadalajara. The dead are probably the lowest of the low of any cartel they belonged or even innocent victims who are targeted by having wrong associations. In any event the z's are not criminally smart and are at the same level of the mara salvatruchas who are just a loose knit of thugs who operate without any regard for anyone.

Anonymous said...

Highly doubtful it's the z's who are in Sinaloa byut rather the Beltran Leyva group responsible for the killings recently in Culiacan. These killers then are most likely Sinaloans themselves. The z' are not tactical nor prudent in their actions, they are comparable to MS gangmembers who are loose knit with no regard for anyone. z's from other states would stand out in Sinaloa based on their out of state accents and this would be a death wish waiting to be executed. z's probably killed innocent or low level affiliated enemies in Guadalajara just to send a message but probably no one high in terms of structure heirarchy, for crying out loud these guys cant even spell correctly on their narco-mantas.

Anonymous said...

The solution is so easy. Just apply death penalty to end this madness.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the zetas will bring a better fight then the afo,cdg,blo, or carrillos I know zetas where with cdg but now they are way stronger then before
Come on its the same thing what has happend with all the cartels that fight cds

Anonymous said...

What the fuck! Why everybody curses on zetas and not on the other cartels! They are equal pieces of shit and there s no fucking difference between the assassins in Guadalajara and in Veracruz! I repeat - they are the same turd no matter how they are nominated!!!

Anonymous said...

Ratzzzzz!!! come to michoacan & act crazy u know what will happen.

Anonymous said...

Beltran Leyva is doing this with some backing. They weren't bold without the Z's around and the Z's have been in Sinaloa for the better part of a year.

Anonymous said...

It would make sense BLO are the driving force behind this with Isidro and such,but if you read the message,that is serious shit."Deep in the kitchen",as everyone knows,BLO are entrenched for years in Sinaloa,but now they got major backing.Have to wait and see if there is a response,but is this a surprise to anyone?There are some proficient people at the top of Z,and they aint stupid,but put simply,CDS got to respond in some way.I just hope its a truck full of motherfuckers in the game,and not innocent people picked up for talkin to the wrong person.There is no doubt that many of these people are innocent of what we are speaking of.As in Veracruz,many had a clean police record,some were young girls.The nasty motherfuckers.

Anonymous said...

@ 8:11 am tsss...it is the other way around!!

LuciferKilla said...

@7:49 they wouldn't dare come they know they would die in a heartbeat

Anonymous said...

Mata zetas are active in Veracruz, in Boca del Rio. Zetas are still taking a beating.On Nov 27 2011 10 bodies were found scattered in various parts of Veracruz. Nov 26 2011 2 zetas found dead in Rosa Borunda. 14 deaths reported in 48 hours. this is one of the nessages left behind.

“No traten de desviar la atención matando gente inocente, para posteriormente aventarlos en otros estados, argumentando que ya se encuentran ahí, mejor traten de recuperar lo que algún día fue suyo. Aquí tienen a su “encargadito” y su mugroso acompañante. Atte. Grupo Mata Zetas”.
Nov 20 2011 3 zetas found dead in Jardines de Mocambo in Boca del Rio Veracruz.

Along with this message: "SIGAN MANDANDO - MAS GENTE Y ASI VAN A QUEDAR "MUGROSOS", PARA LOS QUE PIENSAN QUE YA NOS FUIMOS, AQUI ANDAMOS" ATTE. MATA ZETAS M-Z".

Anonymous said...

zetas are dirty scoundrels who have to resort to extortion and kidnapping to thrive as they have no nexus with Colombian cocaine barons. this is why the citizenry of Mexico despise them as other cartels although not angels have historically ran their business on the profits of the drug trade. the z's are opportunistic and recruit any tom dick and harry to carry out their dirty work knowing they are all expendable.

thanks Borderland Beat for allowing anonymous postings as discretion is prudent on these boards.

Anonymous said...

Martial Law and firing squads, This IS war!No prison no trials shoot them.

Anonymous said...

finally cds are seeing that they are not invinsible and that they are not the big shit. they starting to feel the heat all over. hopefully they keep getting there ass kicked. there own big boss vicentillo has proven to be a snitch.

Anonymous said...

Zs are pices of shit bastards. Here in zac, they been stealing peoples trucks, robbing businesses, using peoples warehouses by force to bullet proof the same vehicles they steal, and doing whatever the hell they want. We always had drug traffikers but they minded their own business and didn't mess with the civilians, but now this fkrs doing all kinds of shit. Federales kill about 20 of them a few days ago in fresnillo.

Anonymous said...

Venganse a michoacan!!! Pa que vean! En caliente Los ases pedasos!!!

Anonymous said...

Good to see that the Mata Zetas are still active. I hope they just keep killing worthless Zetas like the cockroaches that they are. The government needs to put their might behind this effort as well and give them carte blanche to kill Zetas where ever and whenever. Maybe a secret bounty system - so much a head for a dead Zeta.

Anonymous said...

Chapos family has been in Guadalajara for years. Glad someone is turning the tables on those ratas. His son would be flauting is ferrari al over town. Crashed it once and had another one a week later.

Anonymous said...

The Juarez Cartel was the big dog for years. Their extreme greed and wanting more and more became a problem. Then they became fat and lazy. Finally, they lost their leader. There was conflict for several years before Vicente Carrillo was crowned the leader. They didn't see that someone else might take the big lead from them because of arrogance and laziness. El Chapo is getting too greedy, fat, arrogant and lazy. El Mayo wants to retire. Azul would rather be the great negotiator that he really is and doesn't want to be the identified head because it brings more heat than he wants. Things will change over the next 2 years in Sinaloa.

The Z is what it is. They are the poor, the hungry common people that have been forced to do whatever it takes to make a living. The core leadership was well trained and have passed their style down through the ranks. They use ruthless South American styles of warfare, torture, and street crime that enhance payroll and compensation for their cells because this is how they began in Nuevo Laredo because CDG kept all the drug money. Don't think they are not putting a legitimate plan together because they have. They do have a political base. They also have key border entries. But more than that, they have developed a pipeline from deep Southern Mexico to the US. Additionally, they have learned to spill over into big cities like Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. These are thriving cities unlike Detroit, Chicago, and the northern cities. There is huge money. But most importantly, the Z has really branched into South America using their same ruthless style. And recently, Peru passed Columbia in cocaine production. Guess who is the 2 cartels based in Peru? The Juarez Cartel and the Zetas.

The Sinaloa Cartel all got real fat during the Calderon administration. That is coming to an end. It will either be time for CDS to pay the piper soon, or retire and let the many heads of the dragon determine who is next at the top. It is usually the most hungry that takes over. The PRI in 2012 will help with that decision and their will finally be a truce. Thank God PAN will be done. Their will always be drugs and corruption in Mexico. Lets have a truce so we US citizens can come back to Mexico and enjoy visiting our neighbors. This War on Drugs has been a farce for the last 15 years and has done 20 times more harm than a similar farce by our US government if any do remember it, The Cold War against the threat of communism. We cannot win a War on Drugs because the bottom line is, "the US loves taking drugs."

Anonymous said...

FUCK THESE PINCHES RATAZZZ MATA ZETAS ARE KICKING THEIR ASSES IN VERACRUZ JAJA THEY ALL MUST DIE SALUDOS CDG

Anonymous said...

A war is looming

SbrviviLaMafiaAntigua said...

War is at hand.. not just looming. According to Insight, these moves are of desperation. Not so. Old timers and saavy reporters know there is more to territorial disputes. This is actually Beltran-Leyva's agreement - to bring in Zetas to take over Guadalajara once and for all. However it will backfire. Zetas were already planning on moving on the 'pacifico' after the Beltran - La Barbie dispute. This was the purpose of Chapo's new alliance with CDG, CNGJ, Templarios, and Nacho's old guard in Veracruz. What Chapo didnt' realize is that the Zetas flow has diminished since the Venezuela and Bolivia take downs, and since Guatemala has laid claim to old Zetas territory. The Zetas are relying more on Peru and Ecuador right now. Also, Mexico's new port in Ensenada is due to be completed in 2012. While Chapo/Sinaloa has agreements with Singapore, Japan, Aussies and New Zealand - Zetas (marked) product has shown up in Macau and Thailand- which is where La Familia used to get their supply of Ephedrin. Remember these are all international businesses, and as so these moves have a broader significance and motive than just local disputes. Chapo's move against the other Sinaloa families (Navolato) has alot to do with fear of a Zetas alliance. He is being surrounded, and taken down from the inside. Not to mention, the pressure on the administration is to focus on Sinaloa for now. The tides are changing.

J said...

A few really good comments in here. All this comes inc cycles, nobody was talking about Sinaloa in 2005/2006, and CDG was the powerful one, now it's changed, and it will change again.

Anonymous said...

venganse pinches putos zetas a michoacan. aqui los hacemos pedasos perros. y la union hace la fuerza!! the fucking zetas are too scared of los antrax and cabelleros templarios.

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