Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Zetas Issue Open Challenge to US and Mexico Governments

Friday, December 2, 2011 |

Written By Andrew O'Reilly
Fox News Latino

Mexico's ultra-violent Zetas drug cartel released a communique challenging Mexico and the United States.

"Message to the nation, the government, and all of Mexico and to public opinion: The special forces of Los Zetas challenges the government of Mexico and its federal forces," said the communique, which was signed by Zetas leader Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, also known as Z-40.

The Zetas were formed in 1999 Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, known as "El Lazca," who along with three other soldiers deserted an elite special operations unit within the Mexican army to become the armed wing of the Gulf drug cartel.

The Zetas are now one of the most violent and powerful cartels operating in Mexico. The former paramilitary group is considered to be one of two dominant cartels in Mexico, along with Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's Sinaloa cartel.

The group is believed to be responsible for the attack on a casino in Monterrey earlier this year that left 52 people dead.

"Not the Army, not the Marines nor the security and anti-drug agencies of the United States government can resist us. Mexico lives and will continue under the regime of Los Zetas," the communique went on to state.

While most of the violence related to the Zetas has remained in Mexico, the group has made headway into the U.S. with recent attacks and the capture of cartel members highlighting this infiltration. Last month, a botched drug bust outside of Houston left a U.S. secret operative dead and a sheriff's deputy injured after Zetas gunmen surprised the operation.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents also deported last week Donis Ruiz a suspected Zetas member wanted for kidnappings in Mexico.

"Let it be clear that we are in control here and although the federal government controls other cartels, they cannot take our plazas. You want proof?" the communique asked. "Look at what happened in Sinaloa and Guadalajara. If we can get all the way into their kitchen we are not going to lose control of our territory."

The Zetas are considered the second most powerful cartel in Mexico behind Guzmán's Sinaloa cartel, with one or the other group present in almost every Mexican state.As they battle for lucrative smuggling routes, the two cartels have recently ramped up attacks on one another.

Back in September in the Gulf coast city of Veracruz, Mexican authorities discovered the bound and tortured bodies of 35 alleged Zetas members dumped by the Sinaloa cartel onto a main thoroughfare in the city. In May, over two dozen people, most of them Zetas, were killed as they attempted to infiltrate the Sinaloa cartel's territory in the state of Nayarit.

Since President Felipe Calderón declared war on the country's drug cartels shortly after taking office in 2006, an estimated 35,000 to 40,000 people have been killed in Mexico's ensuring violence.

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Anonymous said...

I accept your challenge. How many Zetas can we kill per hour?

Anonymous said...

It is very hard to believe even a Mexican drug gang would be stupid enough to try and pick a direct fight with a National power. This looks like a set up ,if it is not then the Zs responsible are complete idiots.

Anonymous said...

Why do most figures reflect that only 30 or 40 thousand have been slain in this senseless massacre when a more accurate figure would be 50 or 60 thousand not counting the thousands that have just disappeared and are probably lying in mass graves. I believe this should be considered a last straw and the ultimate defiance to the mexican as well as united states governments.

Anonymous said...

LOL @ THE ZZZZZZZZZ for thinking that they have a chance against the U.S

I'd like to see em try

Anonymous said...

This is classic psych-ops, I doubt this is from Z40 or any Zeta. Either Mexican gov or rival cartel.

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...
It is very hard to believe even a Mexican drug gang would be stupid enough to try and pick a direct fight with a National power.
December 3, 2011 9:18 AM"

Is mexico a Nation? if so then it's military is a national power. The cartels have been fighting against a national power ever since Calderon called out the military to deal with the cartel threat.
It is not hard to believe that these crazed "high on their own supply psychopaths" would pick a direct fight with a national power, they do it all the time.

Anonymous said...

Militia Law
The NJ Provincial Congress passed this militia act- " a plan for regulating the Militia of this Colony" the beginning of June,1775:
"The Congress taking Into consideration the cruel and arbitrary measures adopted and pursued by the British Parliament and present Ministry for the purpose of subjugating the American Colonies to the most abject servitude, and being apprehensive that all pacific measures for the redress of our grievances will prove Ineffectual, do think it highly necessary that the inhabitants of this Province be forthwith properly armed and disciplined for defense of the cause of American freedom. And further considering that, to answer this desirable end, it is requisite that such persons be entrusted with the command of the Militia as can be confided in by the people, and are truly zealous in support of our just rights and privileges, do recommend and advise that the good people of this Province hence forward strictly observe the following rules and regulations, until this Congress shall make further order therein:

" 1st. That one or more companies, as the case may require, be Immediately formed in each Township or Corporation, and, to this end, that the several Committees in this Province do, as soon as may be, acquaint themselves with the number of male inhabitants in their respective districts, from the age of sixteen to fifty, who are capable of bearing arms; and thereupon form them into companies, consisting as near as may be of eighty men each; which companies so formed shall, each by itself, assemble and choose, by plurality of voices, four persons among themselves, of sufficient substance and capacity for its officers,namely, one captain, two lieutenants, and an ensign.

"2d. That the officers so chosen appoint for their respective companies fit persons to be sergeants, corporals, and drummers.

" 3d. That as soon as the companies are so formed the officers of such a number of companies as shall by them be judged proper to form a regiment do assemble and choose one colonel, one lieutenant-colonel, a major, and an adjutant for each regiment."

Anonymous said...

The mexican and american govts should b giving guzman & co. some extra wiggle room to do their thing,allow them to work with conditions providing they keep order and play by the rules for example: no civilian killings,maybe even use their "soldiers" to keep the population safe especially women and children... let them work to help the govts kick these animals/Zetas asses. It's a win win after zetas r long gone the govt can go back to chasing guzman and co... why not? what do they have to lose ?

Anonymous said...

Bad, bad Zetas shame on you... Why can't you be "good" guys like Chapo and Mayo? :(

Anonymous said...

pride goeth before the fall

Anonymous said...

If Zeta second in command is busted or killed Sinaloa second in command will have to suffer the same fate. It is all fixed you morons.

Anonymous said...

Fuck zeta 40 and his regime. Bring it on fatboy. We accept your challenge. How dare he...

Anonymous said...

what a fukn joke ...some culero has had too many hangers on kissing his ass too much lately, the turd is starting to believe his own propaganda, stupid assholes

Anonymous said...

Well how can the US fight itself when the government is giving the cartels arms and laundering their money. STinks to high heaven. I think the US government controls all cartels.

Anonymous said...

Bring the troops and drones home from mideast. Send America into mexico full force and occupy 100 miles deep and start operation liberate texas. Exterminate the cartels, Burn the dead ones, Feed all the surviving cartel operators and gangs to the sharks in the gulf of mexico. Hang the bankers and politicians in usa and mexico that launder the cartel money and give the cartels arms. Continue the occupation until mexico can keep its dope inc. boys in line, and usa decriminalizes cannabis so that there is not a lucrative market for it.

Anonymous said...

Zetas leader Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, also known as Z-40 is a transvestite homosexual pedophile. Zeta members are pedophiles and must molest children to become members of the cartel. These rituals are performed in secret and little is known about the horrific atrocities committed against children. These children are forcibly taken from their parents, who are usually shot. It is rumored that Zetas leader Miguel Angel Treviño Morales started out as one of these children in another cartel. When he became an adult, he then turned to raping children, primarily little boys.

Anonymous said...

Everybody in America has a gun.

Anonymous said...

NO they are not stupid, they have our president and our A.G. ( Holder ) on there side who sent American guns into Mexico to kill us Americans with. and the black gangster is still in the AG office while he should be in jail for murder.

Anonymous said...

zetas better pack a lunch and guevos if they decide to cross. will send you back like mariposas that you are, putos

Anonymous said...

Maybe the Zetas know our mafia government who is probably responsible for supplying them (fast and furious) wants the chaos, and knows they have nothing to be afraid of. A house divided amongst itself can't survive.

Anonymous said...

Legalize the drugs that fuel the whole narco/state and the cartels will wither on the vine.

Anonymous said...

@December 3, 2011 8:56 PM

"Bad, bad Zetas shame on you... Why can't you be "good" guys like Chapo and Mayo? :("

Yeah. Chapo is my god and 1st lover too. <3

Anonymous said...

I agree...legalize the drugs and these cartels are all dead in about a year. The stupidest war we've ever fought is the war on drugs.

Eric said...

Zetas will probably win a direct confrontation with both the US and Mexican governments.

Anonymous said...

Where was the narco banner posted?

Anonymous said...

if i travel to mexico do i have a likely chance of being kidnapped me and my family?

DFL said...

@dec 6th 12:23
Oh yea you would be real, real safe if you cross the border. Maybe cross at Roma Texas, but make sure your in a new 4 wheel drive truck or suburban, you will feel safer. Night time is the best time to roam the streets. If you get lost ask one of the many young men with machine guns to give you a hand. I am sure they would gladly do so. Uh be prepared because the hand that you recive might be your left hand or your right hand. You might want to take band aids with you. LOLOL!!

Anonymous said...

This is laughable. America may be in a state of financial and political turmoil right now, but the one thing my country is famous for is destroying everything in our path. Bring it on. Everyone in this country (even illegal immigrants) are here because they had enough of being repressed or dictated upon. So we packed our shit, boarded boats, trains, or swam and walked our asses here. We are a country of fighters. Every right we have we HAVE FOUGHT FOR! Women's rights, fought for. Civil rights, fought for. Freedom of speech, fought for. And so on. The citizens of Mexico need to stand together and say enough is enough. Time for a revolution. Will it be bloody? Yes. Will of be hard? Yes. Will people suffer? Yes. Will people die? Yes. But that is the cost of freedom! People are suffering and dying over there now. For what cause? None. Further more, any cartel, army, or terrorist who want to claim they are more powerful than America....... I don't think you know the history of this country and the strength of its citizens. We come from EVERYWHERE. Asia, Africa, Europe, Canada, south America, and so on. We are the BEST of every race, religion, language and culture. We may fight amongst eachother, but at the end of the day, we will destroy those who dare threaten all we have worked for. The land of the free and the home of the brave.

Anonymous said...

@4:04 Im with you ... now LET THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!

Legalization is the only way for freedom loving people.

Anonymous said...

@11:34: remember Vietnam???

Anonymous said...

@11:34-
The US won every major campaign during the Vietnam War. Nixon wouldn't have let South Vietnam fall & promised air support to the very end. However, he resigned over Watergate & Congress did not follow thru.

Anonymous said...

Lets be realistic here....the Zeta's are powerful but they got nothing on the US Army! I think their ego's have gone to their coked up heads lol! why would they want to mess with a country that has state of the art Apache's and Tanks in abundance?

Anonymous said...

KILL ALL ZETAS

Anonymous said...

@12/3/11 9:18

USA is not a National Power it's a International Superpower

which means it has influence over other Nations views on things that take place in the World

Zeta mother banger said...

Look at this dirtbags when they're captured. they're punks and they look like my gardener. What a joke. They'd last 5 seconds against the 141st Infantry, let alone our Marines who would be there first.

The average Zeta is a pedophile and a sissy. It's easy to traumatize unarmed people when you have the only gun. I'd like to see them without their guns...they'd be my gardener.

As for Zetas moving into America...they're already here. What people need to know is this is ALL ABOUT OIL.

OIL OIL OIL OIL OIL

wake the hell up people. We import more oil from mexico than any other country. America doesn't care if mexicans kill each other, deal drugs, kidnap, rape, mutilate etc... As long a their precious oil isn't touched.

I'm ready for the Z's to show up. They're cowards so i doubt they will come. We have guns, Mexican citizens don't.

meth heads are easy to kill. Come on Zeta putos.

Anonymous said...

Bring 'em on!!!!! I have a bullet waiting for the Zetas.

Anonymous said...

I need some Zetas over here to mow my lawn.

Anonymous said...

You really called that one...

Anonymous said...

Its easy, just send the BATF, FBI and Janet Reno to Mexico, we can relive the David Koresh days.... Randy Weaver etc.......

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